Doubts Mount As Applicants Lament
Commissioner Reassures Job Seekers
More than six months after Governor Nyesom Wike ordered the recruitment of five thousand workers into the Rivers State civil service, some youths who applied for the jobs have expressed dismay that the process has yet to be implemented by the state government.
Some of the applicants who spoke to The Vortex expressed frustrations on the inability of the state government to complete the process.
Blessing Idama, one of the applicants told The vortex that since she sent in her application over six months ago, nothing has been heard from the government.
She lamented that she and others applicants have become disillusioned over the governments inaction on the matter.
“It was not easy going through the online application process but I was able to break in but my efforts and expectations are turning into nightmare,” she stated.
Justice Ejiowhor, an indigene of Emuoha Local Government Area, said he has been making enquiries on when the recruitment will be announced and what the next step in the exercise would be but to no avail.
Ejiowhor appealed to the state government to speed up the process so that Rivers Youths can get proper employment under the present government in the state.
Another applicant, Joy Idawari from Degema told The Vortex that it was disappointing that after over five years of the present government in the state, no formal recruitment has been carried out by the state government.
Miss Idawari expressed worry that the recruitment of the five thousand workers may go the way of the previous announced recruitment of teachers in the state which never saw the light of day.
“The process is taking long. We expected the announcement on the recruitment during the last Labour Day but nothing was mentioned about it. Even the leaders in the state never mentioned it in their address to the governor,” she lamented.
The vortex reporter who visited the Ministry of Employment Generation and the office the State Head of Service on the matter was told there was no information on the matter.
A lady staff of the Ministry of empowerment Generation told this medium in confidence that the ministry had never been involved in the process and referred the reporter to the office of the Head of Service and the Rivers State Civil Service Commission for further clarifications.
However, the Director of Public Affairs in the office of the Head of Service who gave his name as Ephraim clarified that recruitment of workers for the civil service was the responsibility of the Rivers State civil commission and has nothing to do with the Head of Service office.
“Our office only deals with those in the service, welfare, discipline and transfers of employers. The job of recruitment of workers for the service is that of the civil service commission;” he stated.
However, the Rivers State The Rivers State Commissioner for Information, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, has assured of government’s commitment to create sustainable employment opportunities for the teeming youths of the state.
Nsirim, who made the disclosure in an exclusive interview with City News, said job creation is a top priority for the Nyesom Wike administration.
He urged candidates who recently applied for the 5,000 jobs promised by the state government to be optimistic as applications are still being sorted and processed and emphaszed that it is not the modus operandi of the Wike administration to make promises it cannot fulfill.
“Those who applied should be patient. The character of this administration is one that keeps promises. Wike is one governor that has said he will not leave any abandoned project and this 5,000 jobs is one promise he will fulfill. It is top priority for him. He wants to see how he can empower the youth, because when these people are employed, it will have a ripple effect. They will be able to take care of others close to them.”