By Austin Ogwuda
ASABAâ€”AMIDST speculations that some â€˜powerfulâ€™ members of the Delta State House of Assembly and Commissioners have hijacked the on-going recruitment into the State Civil Service by insisting that they be allowed to fill a good number of positions with their candidates,Â the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has kicked against the plan.
State NLC chairman, Mr Mike Okeme, who led a delegation of the Council to the office of the State Civil Service Commission in charge of the recruitment,Â described the developmentÂ as selfish and arrogation of undue powers.
Okeme urged the Commission, led by Dr. Emmanuel Tetsola, to remain firm and follow due process and merit, which he said they noticed was beingÂ adopted and not to be intimidated by anybody.Â He pointed out that it was labour that convinced the Governor to raise the number to be recruited from the initial 200 to 1,000 and wondered why some highly placed public functionaries would be angling to have a lion share.
Said he, â€œI want to say that this recruitment does not have sacred cows. You base your judgment on merit. The 25 local government areas should be evenly represented. The Governor deniedÂ ever writing the Commission to give him 100 slots, but that he wants it to be base on merit.
â€œAnd I know with the people here, you have the capacity to give merit. People should be recruited even from the remotest village in the state where they are no civil servants. The state belong to all of us. This is the primary aim of our visit to you,â€ he said.