From Tom Garba, Yola
The Adamawa State government has expressed concern over alleged injustice in the allocation of appointments in the Federal Civil Service.
Governor Jibrilla Bindow made the allegation on Monday while receiving members of the Adamawa State Investment and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee at Government House, Yola.
Bindow said that his administration would pursue the lopsided allocation of slots in the Federal Civil Service to the state with a view to correcting the injustice.
He noted that the state did not meet up its statutory quota in the federal service, expressing hope that the APC-led Federal Government would henceforth ensure fairness in the allocation of appointments.
While commending the committee for a job well done, the governor expressed his commitment to implementing the recommendation of the committee as soon as they submitted the comprehensive report to him.
His words: “I will pursue this injustice meted out to our state in the past, especially in the area of allocation of appointment slots in the federal civil service. I will draw the attention of the SGF to it when the committee finally submits its reports over this matter and I believe he will be willing to correct the anomalies. I strongly believe that the APC-led federal government will be fair to Adamawa in subsequent appointments in the federal service.’’
Chairman of the committee, Senator Jonathan Zwingina, said the state only filled 1.5 per cent of its statutory vacancies in the Federal Civil Service.
According to him, the statutes prescribed for each state to be allocated at least 2.5 percent of the Federal Civil Service.
He noted that while some states had filled up 30 per cent of their quota, Adamawa had filled less that one per cent.
The former Senate Leader said that the committee had recommended an Adamawa Investment and Promotion Forum in its report.
He explained that the forum would produce a blueprint for an investment drive in the state.
Zwingina said that the forum would assemble sons and daughter of the state who were successful in all spheres of life to move Adamawa forward, disclosing that the committee had reached out to various business organizations and individuals, who were already indicating interest in investing in the state.
Zwingina, who said the reports of the committee would be ready soon, said that the committee had already identified Adamawa State owned assets which were moribund outside the state.
He explained that most of the state owned assets which could generate funds for the state were abandoned outside the state.
The committee was constituted in 2016 at the inception of the current administration.
Its terms of reference included finding out the position of the state in the Federal Civil Service, identify the state’s assets lying fallow outside Adamawa, and finding out areas of investment for the state, among others.