6 February 2013

Nigeria: Over 3,000 Job Seekers Throng Fed Judicial Com for Forms

More than 3,000 job seekers on Wednesday thronged the Federal Judicial Service Commission, Abuja to obtain application forms.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent at the Commission's premises in Abuja reports that applicants were seen in long queues waiting to get the forms.

According to some of the applicants, this has been the situation in the last two weeks and this will continue till Feb.28 which is the supposed closing date.

A cross section of applicants, who spoke to NAN, decried the poor process of collection of forms as there was only one point.

Mary Iveh, who studied English Education from Benue State University said, "I am not comfortable with what is happening here, they should employ more people who will stay and give us forms," she said.

Iforma Ezeogwu, a law graduate from Imo State University, was of the opinion that the online registration was better, saying that Nigeria must decide to move forward.

"I just hope I get the job, most of the times they just choose a hand full of those on the queue for the job. I need the job and all I can do is to hope," she added.

Benjamin Michael, who studied History and International Studies from Nasarawa State University said, "in developed nations, things are not done this way.

"In Nigeria, we are treated like second class citizens. This is my seventh day here and there is no guarantee that I will get this job at the end of it all," he said.

However, some of the job seekers expressed satisfaction with the process, saying that it was a sign of better things to come.

Francis Okeke, another applicant said

"based on how they have organised this process, I think it is okay. Anybody that has patience will get the form.

"The only thing I am asking them to do is that they should be transparent. They should tell us the criteria for getting the job and everybody should be given an open chance," he said.

David Achor, a graduate of Electrical Engineering from Federal Polytechnic

Idah said, " there are not much challenges here but the problem is that the available vacancies are only for degree holders not for Higher National Diploma (HND) holders.

"If HND is not relevant, let the Federal Government scrap polytechnics or convert them to universities. This discrimination is very bad," he said.

One of the coordinating officials who did not give his name told NAN that they tried creating several collecting centres but some of their officials were beaten up by the applicants.

He said that every Wednesday and Friday 1,300 forms were given to applicants and this would continue till Feb. 28.

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