An unidentified official at the Presidency has responded to a report about the recent lopsided recruitment exercise by the Department of State Services (DSS).
The recruitment was so lopsided that the number of people employed from Katsina State (President Muhammadu Buhari’s and the Director General of the DSS, Lawal Daura home state), were more that from the entire South-East states.
However, according to the statement by the unidentified presidency official as seen on Premium Times, the recruitment was deliberately done to correct previous alleged inequity against the northern part of Nigeria.
The presidency noted that the recruitment was not unusual as other security agencies do same to correct past lopsided recruitments too.
“In an organisation that is very sensitive and an important one for national cohesion and stability,” such as the State Security Service, SSS, “there is always the need to ensure balance in recruitment and manning,” the presidential source said.
“This is also true of institutions such as the Army, the Navy and Air Force.” The source added.
Another different source however stated that Mr. Daura is known for his pro-North style. The source told PT that he is currently spending billions to build a training school in Katsina.
“He is currently spending billions to build a training school in Katsina, and he has told close friends that before his departure from the SSS, he would ensure the agency is dominated by personnel from his part of the country,” the source said.
Read the unsigned statement from the presidency below;
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 2015 and 2016.