The Chairman, Lagos State Civil Service Commission, Mrs. Olubunmi Fabamwo has expressed readiness to collaborate with the Federal Character Commission (FCC) in rectifying the imbalance in Federal appointments for the indigenes of Lagos State.
She stated this while welcoming members of FCC, led by the Commissioner representing Lagos State, Mr. Abdul Wasiu Bawa-Allah, on a courtesy visit to her office, noting that emerging statistics from the Character Commission revealed that Lagos representation at the Federal level is not in tandem with the spirit of fairness, equity and balance.
Fabamwo observed with dismay the low quota reserved for Lagos indigenes in the employment schemes as well as the low representation at all Federal controlled public institutions, despite having the largest population in the Country.
She envisaged a partnership with the Federal Character Commission to reverse the lopsidedness and imbalance in the Federal appointments for Lagos indigenes, seeking better cooperation between the Lagos Office of the FCC and the State Commission in order to achieve set objectives.
Earlier, Mr. Abdul Wasiu Bawa-Allah thanked the Chairman for the warm welcome accorded his team, adding that the main reason for the visit was to solicit the cooperation of the Civil Service Commission in addressing the low representation of Lagos in Federal appointments.
He noted that indigenes from Lagos State constitute only 11% of the 10,000 employees on grade levels 1- 6 working in more than 120 Federal Organisations operating in Lagos, attributing it to factors such as falsification of indigeneship certificates by non-indigenes, among others.
While stressing that the overall representation of Lagos State in federal appointments is not up to 2.5%, Bawa-Allah called for the cooperation of the Lagos State Civil Service Commission in resolving the situation.