A total of 12,000 youths seeking to fill the 1,000 positions declared vacant by the Bayelsa state government in the state civil service have been shortlisted for second phase of employment examinations.
According to the state government, more than 23,000 applicants applied for the 1,000 jobs recently promised by the Bayelsa state governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson and 12,000 applicant’s were shortlisted.
The commissioner in the state civil service commission, Chief Kunle Igoni-Claudius, who confirmed the development in Yenagoa on during the unveiling of the service website by the deputy governor of the state, Rear Admiral John Jonah (retd) said that the graduates shortlisted will write an entry examination to qualify for employment into the public service.
Igoni-Claudius, while giving the technical report on the recruitment exercise, said the commission comemnced the process on June 19, 2018 by inviting qualified Bayelsans to apply.
He said that at the end of issuance of application forms, more than 23,000 applications were issued and more than 12,000 returned their duly completed forms.
He said the website being launched on Monday had such information as the list of all qualified (cleared) and unqualified (uncleared) candidates published according to their LGAs.
Igoni-Claudius said the criteria used for the screening were birth certificate or age declaration (applicant not less than 18 years or more than 50 years); educational qualifications; NYSC discharge or exemption certificate; local government identification letter, among others.
He said at the end of the screening, the total number of cleared candidates from the councils were Brass, 1,187; Ekeremor 1,500; Kolokuma/Opokuma 1,230; Nembe, 993; Ogbia, 1,417; Sagbama, 2,171; Southern Ijaw, 2,075 and Yenagoa, 1817.
Also speaking, the commissioner for information and orientation, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said it was also important for Bayelsans to know the criteria used to drop the others so that it would be clear to all that there is no hanky panky.
He said, “The credibility of the government has to be intact. As much as possible, we believe that the website being launched, will provide access to everybody to go there to get information for themselves and also take advantage of the platform.
“Another thing that we need to do is to encourage the chairman and members of the commission to from time to explain to our people. People will be asking questions, why is Nembe less while is Sagbama higher.”
“We hope that the 1,000 that will be employed will serve the state better. Let me also say that your Excellency, Governor Seriake Dickson will still give room for more employment and this is just the beginning and we want to encourage those who may not be part of the first phase will be in the next phase.”