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Job-seekers express complain over recruitment process

20 September 2013, 21:25

Awka - An Army of unemployed people in Anambra who wished to obtain recruitment forms into the state civil service have expressed divergent views about the exercise.

Some of the applicants who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, said it had not been easy obtaining the form, leading to racketeering.

Chijioke Anyanebechi, a Law graduate from Awka North Local Government, said he had not been able to obtain the form since Monday.

Anyanebechi decried the idea of issuing forms to particular local governments on designated days, pointing out that it denied those who failed to turn up on such days the opportunity of getting the form.

“It is somehow frustrating because I having trying to get this form since Monday without success.

"They said my local government is over and I don’t know if that is the end for me.”

Another applicant, Okwuchukwu Oforma, expressed happiness that Anambra Government had lifted the embargo on employment but pleaded with the authority in charge to decentralise the distribution process at the councils, for easy access.

“We have looked forward to this recruitment but it is not easy obtaining the form; I suggest they should use the local government headquarters to distribute it instead of making everybody come to Awka,” he said.

Chineze Oforegbunam, a National Certificate of Education holder from Anocha, however, expressed reservations on the entire process, saying she only wanted to "fulfil all righteousness’’.

According to her, the timing is wrong as the present administration is almost leaving office.

“It is ok but the problem is that this is not the right time for it; the government is about to leave office so I don’t know how authentic it is; I do not believe so much in the process,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Head of the Commission,  Ngozi Melifonwu, in her reaction, told NAN that it could not rule out the activities of racketeers as there were people who obtained the form to sell it to others.

Melifonwu pointed out that the commission was distributing the forms centrally in Awka to ensure credibility and coordination, adding that handling three local governments a day would enhance credibility and ensure effective control.

She advised applicants no to pay money to anybody for the form as it was free of charge.

“We have been managing the crowd but it has not been easy because they would not queue up;  so we devised a way of attending to them on local government basis.

“The Commission condemns touting and racketeering of the forms in strong terms; we have from now till Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 27 for those who could not get on their designated days.

“People should not pay for these forms, they are free of charge and the commission is not responsible for any sale of forms,’’ she said.

NAN recalls that the Anambra Government last month lifted the embargo on recruitment in the state, with plans to employ no fewer than 6 000 people into the state civil service.



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