This Day (Lagos)

20 December 2012

Nigeria: Applicants Lament FG's New Employment Directive

As the spate of unemployment remains high in the country, applicants have lamented the new regime of application for jobs into the federal civil service as issued by the Federal Government, saying the new order has further shown that the much-talked about unity in Nigeria is a ruse.

In the new application method issued to applicants for federal jobs, job seekers from various parts of the country have to return to their various states to process their applications.

This direction disqualifies millions of applicants who were born outside their states and have lived all their lives in other parts of the country.

Some of the applicants who complained to THISDAY, sought to know what differentiates between federal jobs and state jobs if applicants for federal jobs cannot apply from any part of the country as they described the development as frustrating, disturbing and oppressive.

A concerned mind who expressed dismay over the development, referred to a recent advertisement in a national daily, directing applicants for employment into the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and National Population Commission (NPC), to apply through their states as she described the trend as unfair to many Nigerians who have lived and married in other parts of the country and do not even know anywhere way back home.

She said: "When you want to apply, they tell you to go to your state. What of those who have lived and married in states other than theirs? And yet we are talking of unity; is this the way we are going to continue in this country?," she wondered.

In the same vein, an applicant who hails from Edo State but was born, bred and brought up in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, lamented how she lost the opportunity to be employed into federal teaching service in August because she couldn't apply through her state, where she said she had never lived.

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