ASABAâ€”Delta State Civil Service Commission has declared that merit would be used as yardstick for selecting successful applicants who recently sat for examination conducted recently to engage people into the service.
The commission said at the weekend that it had already handed over the marking of the examination papers to external examiners.
A source close to the commission hinted Vanguard yesterday that the external examiners were involved in the marking of the papers to ensure absolute transparency.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary of the Commission, Dr. Jerry Agbaike, has said that the said examination for applicants conducted at Ughelli, which was temporarily disrupted, was not caused by applicants but impostors.
Agbaike said while making the clarification in Asaba that the commission had a good outing and thanked Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for providing employment for the unemployed in Delta State.
He said that contrary to the report that aggrieved applicants disrupted Delta employment exam, the commission had a backup of excess question papers numbering about 10,000 for the three centres at Ughelli.
Agbaike, however, noted that the ugly incident occurred when â€œcertain disgruntled elements who did not apply but suddenly showedÂ up at the Government College, Ughelli, centre, to write the examination without screening, thus creating a temporary shortage of examination question papers that had already been assigned to legitimate applicants at the centreâ€.
He said the impostors refused to be screened because they had failed to submit application forms earlier, adding that although they tried to disrupt the examination, the situation was brought under control, as adequate security arrangements had been put in place by the commission with the co-operation of the state police command.