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REPS SUSPEND 600 NEWLY RECRUITED FCT-IRS STAFF FOR ALLEGED BREACH OF CHARACTER PRINCIPLE

House of Representatives has ordered the suspension of 600 newly recruited staff of Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Services (FCT-IRS) for allegedly breaching the federal character principle.

The order was communicated via a letter by the Chairman, House, Committee on Federal Character, Hon. Abubakar Yahaya Kusada.

With Ref. No: NASS /HR/9/CT/37/27/17, the letter, dated 13th October 2021, was addressed to the Executive Chairman, FCT Inland Revenue Service Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service pending when the investigation into the matter is concluded.

The reason mentioned in the letter was to “… enable the Committee to establish the extent of your organization’s level of compliance with the Federal Character principles as enshrined in Chapter II S. 14(3) and Third Schedule Part I C 8 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended”.

The house, through the letter, also demanded the list of the 600 Staff recruited according to States and Local Government; a list of the 38,000 unsolicited applicants received according to States and Local Government, and 700 shortlisted applicants for interviews according to States and Local Governments.

Speaking on the matter, Hon Kusada said the Committee’s investigations would seek to establish the extent of the FCT-IRS’s level of compliance with the Federal Character principles as enshrined in Chapter II S 14(3) and Third Schedule Part IC 8(1) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

Story: Sani Asma’u

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