The Plateau State Government on Monday rejected suggestions that its continuous sale of job application forms, since 2017, was targeted at extorting money from poor and desperate applicants.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state government commenced the sale of applications, through the Plateau Civil Service Commission and Teachers Service Commission, in 2017.
NAN also reports that thousands of jobless youths had continued to pay N500 to obtain the forms after government promised to recruit 2,500 workers.
Unconfirmed sources indicated that 150,000 application forms had so far been sold in the exercise that had gone on without a deadline.
But Daguk Fompun, Chairman, Plateau State Civil Service Commission, told NAN on Monday in Jos that the exercise was not a rip-off.
Fompun said: “To describe the sale of forms to applicants seeking jobs in the state service as a rip-off is most unfair; it is simply untrue and baseless.
“It is true that we are selling the application forms for N500, but the purpose is not to make money out of the applicants.
“We only want to offer them an opportunity to enter into the civil service.
“It is not even true that we have sold up to 150,000 forms.
“The figure is below that.”
Also speaking to NAN, Chief Vonjin Lar, Chairman, Teachers Service Commission, said a total of 34,000 forms had been sold to application seeking teaching jobs in the state.
According to Lar, the sale of the forms was aimed at offering the applicants a route into the civil service.
He said: “The sale of the forms is not to make money.
“Government is being magnanimous by opening employment opportunities after 17 years of ‘deliberate embargo’ on employment.
“In 2018, 2,000 persons were offered employment by this administration.
“The governor has also approved the employment of another 2,500 workers, which brought about the rush for the application forms.
“I think people should be appreciative of what this government is doing.
“We should not just condemn and criticize this good intention because many people actually want the jobs.”
Lar, however, advised youths to look inward toward self-reliance rather than looking for white collar jobs, which were becoming increasingly difficult to come by.