The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday pushed harder for a bill for an Act which seeks to make it an offence for vacant positions in the Federal Civil Service to be filled without being advertised.
The bill sponsored by Senator Biodun Olujimi representing Ekiti South
scaled second reading.
In her lead debate, Olujimi said the proposed law would provide required legal framework and mechanism which would make it mandatory for all vacancies in the Federal Civil Service to be published.
She believes that when the bill becomes law, it would encourage merit in Nigeria’s recruitment process and eliminate situations where employments are based on ethnic and other premodial factors.
” There is a serious need for transparency and equal opportunity and who an applicant knows need not be an hindrance”, she said.
The bill enjoyed unaminous support from lawmakers.
In his contribution, Senator Adamu Aleiro( Kebbi) welcomes the bill which he said would curb employment racketing and eliminate the practice of favouritism that permeates the Civil Service.
Speaking in favour of the bill, Senator James Manager (Delta South) simply christened it “a bill for the people”.
He however calls for the strict enforcement of the proposed law for a vibrant Civil Service.
Senator Suleiman Adoke supports the bill; glad that it would save lawmakers from persistent pressure and “blackmail”
from those looking for jobs.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki welcomes the bill pleased that it would give every citizen a fighting chance to secure employment.
The bill is referred to Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Services in 4 weeks.