No section ’ll be marginalised, Jonathan assures

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President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

From President Goodluck Jonathan came an assurance yesterday that his government will not discriminate against any section or religion. He gave the pledge while inaugurating the boards of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) and the National Pension Commission (PENCOM). Former Bauchi State governor, Adamu Mu’azu, heads PENCOM while Abduraheem Ibrahim is the boss of the 25-member FCC.
Jonathan noted that personal integrity, uncommon diligence, unwavering faith in Nigeria and their evident capacity to effectively key into his Transformation Agenda were the criteria used in the selection of all the appointees to the boards.
“The Federal Character Commission was conceived as an agency to promote, monitor and enforce compliance with the federal character principle with a view to engendering a sense of inclusiveness and equity in appointment in government and all government agencies and parastatals.
“Given the potential for unpatriotic and desperate elements to seek to undermine our national unity by playing on the diversity which characterises our great nation, it is critical that members of the FCC discharge their constitutional mandate with profound courage and dedication.
“I assure all Nigerians that under my watch, the Federal Government will give no section of the country any cause to feel excluded, that is why I hereby restate my administration’s commitment to continue to support the Federal Character Commission in successfully meeting its vital constitutional responsibilities”, the President assured.
On PENCOM, he also assured that while ensuring even spread in appointments and employment in the country, government is also mindful of the fate of retirees who had served the nation.
“It is therefore of paramount importance to this administration that pensioners receive their retirement benefits as at when due”, noting that negative reports associated with the administration of public sector pension under the old scheme in the recent past was of grave national concern.
Jonathan said, “in addressing this concern we recently took radical measures to restructure the scheme. This included the setting up as provided by law the Pension Constitutional Arrangement Department.
In his remarks, Alhaji Mu’azu, said the board would explore the possibility of investing in public infrastructure and housing and other areas that would add value to the fund.
On his part, his FCC counterpart, Abdulraheem, traced the current security challenges to perceived injustice and lack of space, noting that with the support of the Federal Government, the FCC would help to put an end to such challenges.

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