Rep. Idris Wase, the chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Federal Character, has pledged to ensure that government agencies’ composition mirrors the diversity of Nigeria.
Mr Wase made this promise during the committee’s inaugural meeting held in Abuja.
In a resolute commitment to uphold the principles of federal character and national unity, Mr Wase emphasised the committee’s unwavering dedication to overseeing the equitable distribution of employment opportunities across the nation.
He highlighted the committee’s strengthened position, backed by sound legislative support, enabling them to carry out their core mission effectively.
The legislator insisted that the FCC appear before the committee on October 17 to report on their efforts to ensure fair employment distribution.
Quoting section 14(3) of the constitution, Mr Wase stated: “The composition of the government of the federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria.
“This also includes the need to promote national unity and also to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few states.”
He frowned at a few ethnic or other sectional groups’ dominance in government or its agencies.
Mr Wase said the FCC’s role in monitoring compliance with the aforementioned constitutional provisions has not been as robust as it should be, according to section 14(4).
He also highlighted the composition of the FCC, which includes a chairman and a representative from each state of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja,