By Samuel Oyadongha & Emem Idio
YENAGOA—Bayelsa State Civil Service Commission says it has received no fewer than 23,000 applications for the 1,000 available spaces in the state civil service.
A Commissioner in the commission, Chief Kune Igoni-Claudius, who disclosed this during the launch of the commission’s website yesterday in Yenagoa, said of the 23,000 applications that were issued, more than 12,000 applicants returned their duly completed forms.
He commended Governor Seriake Dickson for actualising the dream of the current administration in reforming the civil service in the state and the employment of indigenes of the state into various cadres in the service.
In his remarks, the state Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John-Jonah (retd), lauded the commission for utilising Information and Communications Technology, ICT, in handling its recruitment processes.
He tasked other establishments, ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs, in the state to borrow a leaf from the commission.
John-Jonah said: “I am glad with what you have done and I know other establishments and MDAs will benefit from what you have started. ICT is the new trend and if you don’t maximise it, you will be left behind.”
Also, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said the unveiling of the website would further engender transparency in the state government employment process.
He assured that the government would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that qualified Bayelsans are engaged based on merit and not sentiments.