A total of 12,000 youths  have been shortlishseeking to fill 1,000 positions declared vacant by the Bayelsa State Government in the State Civil Service have been shortlisted for the second phase of employment examinations.

According to the State Government, more than 23,000 people applied for the jobs.

Chief Kunle Igoni-Claudius, the Commissioner in the state Civil Service Commission, who confirmed the development in Yenagoa during the unveiling of the CSC website by the Deputy Governor of the state, Rear Admiral John Jonah (retd.), said the graduates shortlisted will write an entry examination to qualify for employment into the public service.

Igoni-Claudius, while giving the technical report on the recruitment exercise, said the commission commenced the process on June 19, 2018, by inviting qualified Bayelsans to apply.

He said at the end of issuance of application forms, more than 23,000 forms were received and more than 12,000 applicants returned their duly completed forms.

He said the website being launched on Monday had such information as the list of all qualified (cleared) and unqualified (uncleared) candidates published, according to their LGAs.

Igoni-Claudius said the criteria used for the screening were birth certificate or age declaration – applicants were expected to be between the ages of 18 and 50; educational qualifications; NYSC discharge or exemption certificate; letter government identification letter, among others.

He said at the end of the screening, the total number of cleared candidates from the councils were Brass, 1,187; Ekeremor, 1,500; Kolokuma/Opokuma, 1,230; Nembe, 993; Ogbia, 1,417; Sagbama, 2,171; Southern Ijaw, 2,075 and Yenagoa, 1,817.

Also speaking, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, said it was also important for Bayelsans to know the criteria to ensure transparency.

He said: "The credibility of the government has to be intact. As much as possible, we believe that the website being launched will provide access to everybody to go there to get information, and also take advantage of the platform.

"Another thing that we need to do is to encourage the chairman and members of the commission to, from time to time, explain to our people. People will be asking questions such as: why is Nembe less, while Sagbama is higher.

"We hope that the 1,000 that will be employed will serve the state better. Let me also say that Governor Seriake Dickson will still give room for more employment and this is just the beginning.”

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