Group raises alarm, says Kano job quotas at NHIS, SEC ‘hijacked’

Mustapha Usman
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A Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG has said it has uncovered violation of federal character principles in the allocation of employment quotas at National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Security Exchange Commission, SEC and other government agencies.

The National Coordinator of the group, Balarabe Rufa’I, who disclosed this at a Press Conference on Monday in Kano, was particular about how Kano indegene were side-lined when it comes to federal appointments in juicy agencies of the government.

According to him, people of Kano are often denied the deserved percentage of employment ratio in virtually all the available federal parastatals and agencies in the country, including some private companies, financial institutions and banks located in the state.

“The CNG’s investigation revealed that virtually all the available federal parastatals and agencies, including some state-owned agencies are dominated by non-indigenes at the expense of the employable people of Kano.

“A ready example of such lopsided monopoly of opportunities could be found in the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, and Security Exchange Commission,” he said.

The group, however, attributed the problem to the negligence of the leaders in the state to press for the observance of the Federal character principles.

Mr Rufa’I regretted how this lackadaisical attitude had cost youth in the state to miss employment opportunities in federal government.

He further disclosed that CNG noted that the situation has contributed to the rise of unemployment rate among teeming youth in the state, warning that, if care is not taken, the state was sitting on a time bomb.

“We are concerned because with the current rise in unemployment level come a commensurate rise in idleness and consequential restiveness among the youth across the state,” he emphasised.

Mr Rufa’I, however, disclosed that the group would liaise with traditional rulers and mobilise Ulamas and the Civil Society Organisations for a vigorous campaign against the trend.