*208 jostle for 16 vacant seats
By DANIEL IDONOR
Abuja-IN what can best be described as a won battle by President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua against the top echelon of the Nigeria Civil Service over the vexed issue of tenureship for permanent secretaries and directors, government has moved further in the implementation of the reforms when it conducted promotion examination for 208 candidates wishing to become permanent secretaries.
The 16 vacant seats, which would be filled by January1, 2010, are being jostled for by 208 directors from 33 states of the federation who were physically present to write the examination which took place at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, out of the 218 that actually applied for the positions.
Apart from the venue of the examination, the State House, which underscoresÂ the importance Yarâ€™Adua, who returned home Friday evening from a working visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, attached to the on going reforms, the commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Dr. Ade Abolurin, was personally on ground,Â with a team of hisÂ corps members, to ensure that the directors didÂ not engage in examination malpractices.