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Senate mulls stiffer sanctions for job racketeering in public service

The Senate says it plans to enact a law prescribing stiffer sanctions to stem job racketeering and disregard for the federal character principles in employment.

• May 14, 2024
Nigerian Senate
Nigerian Senate

The Senate says it plans to enact a law prescribing stiffer sanctions to stem job racketeering and disregard for the federal character principles in employment.

The chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-governmental Affairs, Allwell Onyesoh, said this at a meeting with the management of the Federal Character Commission in Abuja on Tuesday.

Mr Onyesoh said Nigerians were used to reacting to employment issues using emotion without clarifying or investigating further the issue of the process in Nigeria.

“It is very dangerous, a simple statement like, ‘Oh, this thing is out. We are not getting it; there is a job there, they are employing secretly,’ is enough to cause problems.

“And the purview of FCC covers that, hence we felt it is proper to call them and sit down, dot the ‘I’ and cross the ‘T’, make every of their activities more transparent, more glaringly clear for people to see,” Mr Onyesoh said.

He said the essence of the federal character was to create unity, fairness and equity.

“You can’t have that if someone feels rejected, not carried along; you must put some sanctions if you want things to work; we are considering stiffer penalties; there must be a consequence for everything.

”This is one of the few committees that derives its power from the constitution,” he said.

Earlier, the executive chairperson of the FCC, Muheeba Dankaka, said the issue of job racketeering was new to the office.

She also appealed to the committee to help the commission toward upscaling its budget, given the enormous responsibility of the commission.


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