Navy recruitment halted by REPS Due to a Federal Character Violation

it is to ensure equal participation of the various ethnic extractions in the governance of the country
Nigerian Navy Recruitment Exercise

With a view to strengthening the Federal Character law, the Nigerian Navy has been advised to postpone its planned pre-screening exercise for the 44 shortlisted candidates for its 2021/2022 recruitment exercise.

The Navy must also disclose details on all of its recruitment from 2014 to date, including the regional spread, according to the House.

It also ordered its Navy committee to investigate the exercise and recommend suitable steps to prevent similar constitutional violations in any future government recruitment, with a deadline of 12 weeks to report back for additional legislative action.

This happened after Hon. Ben Igbakpa presented a resolution under matters of urgent public significance on Wednesday, drawing the House's attention to the Navy's apparent violation of the federal character concept enshrined in section 14 of the 1999 constitution.

He recalled that the Nigerian Navy had shortlisted 44 candidates for the 2021/2022 recruitment exercise, and that the individuals would undergo a pre-screening exercise before being fully inducted into the Nigerian Naval Service.

He added however that β€œ
all the successful candidates that are to report for training in two batches at the Nigerian Navy Basic Training School, Onne, Port Harcourt, Rivers state are all from a particular part of the country.”

While claiming that the process violates the Federal Character principle of all inclusiveness, equity, and fairness, the lawmaker pointed out that the principle's underlying purpose in a multi-ethnic society like Nigeria is to "is to ensure equal participation of the various ethnic extractions in the governance of the country."