About 23,000 applicants have reportedly applied for just 1000 job vacancies declared by the Bayelsa Civil Service Commission.
The state Governor, Seriake Dickson, lifted an embargo on employment and directed the commission to recruit 1000 workers following the outcome of the ongoing public service reforms in the state.
The Chairman of the commission in Yenagoa, the state capital, Dr. Peter Singabele, said in obedience to Dickson’s directive, the commission activated “a transparent recruitment process”.
Speaking at the launching of the state civil service website, Singabele said the web portal was established to ensure transparency and give all applicants equal opportunities.
He said the creation of the website became imperative after about 23,000 applicants surged to the office to pick forms for the 1000 job openings.
“Over 23,000 unemployed youths invaded the office of the commission and almost broke down the building. But with the website, they don’t need to come here. They only need to send their applications online”, he said.
He said the creation of the website was part of the brainchild of the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson describing the initiative as “very important”.
He said the launching of the website would restore the confidence of the people and stop the speculations that the government was out to deceive them adding that it would help all applicants to check and monitor the recruitment process.
Giving the breakdown of the job applications contained in the commission’s technical report, the Commissioner III, Chief Kune Igoni-Claudius, said out of 23,000 applicants, 12,335 were cleared by the commission.
He said those selected would participate in the job evaluation test and interviews adding that the timetable for the events would be uploaded in the website.
Explaining further, Igoni-Claudius, said out of the 12,335 cleared applicants, Sagbama Local Government Area has the highest number of 2170 while Nembe has the lowest of 993.
Others are Brass 1187; Ekeremor 1500; Kolokuma/Opokuma, 1230; Ogbia, 1417; Southern Ijaw, 2025 and Yenagoa, 1,812.