FG Reacts To DSS Recruitment Saga.
The federal Government has issued an official statement on the lopsided recruitment made by the Department of state services this week.
Brief Analysis of DSS Recruitment
So lopsided was the hiring that more people were employed from President Muhammadu Buhari’s Katsina State alone (51) than from all the South-east states combined (44).
Katsina is also also the home state of the Director General of the SSS, Lawal Daura.
A breakdown of the newly commissioned cadet officers on geopolitical basis revealed that 165 are from the North-west, about four times as many as those who were picked from the South-south (42).
The figures for the other zones are North-east 100, North-central 66, South-west 57 and South-east 44.
Federal Government’s official Statement
DSS RECRUITMENT WAS A CORRECTIVE EXERCISE
In an organisation that is very sensitive and an important one for national cohesion and stability such as the Department of State Services, DSS, there is always the need to ensure balance in recruitment and manning. This is also true of institutions such as the Army, the Navy and Air force. Where such balancing in line with Federal Character is breached, the need arises from time to time, to find a way of redressing such inequity.
This is the true story of the recruitment, about a year-and-a-half ago in the DSS in which states that were short-changed in previous recruitments were awarded slots to enable them achieve a fair representation. This is what happened.
The report in circulation by the Premium Times though true, was taken in isolation of the context it was done. An investigative medium such as that one should have done a better job of this. It is important to emphasise that it is in the interest of peace, stability and the general well-being of the nation that all component units are fairly represented in organisations such as this.
Where this comes short, efforts must be made to correct such lopsidedness as the DSS did between 2014 and 2016.