16,000 apply for less then 100 jobs
Tobi Soniyi â€¨in Abujaâ€¨
The Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) has issued over 16,000 forms to fill vacant positions of less than 100.
Investigation by our correspondent showed that the commission saddled with the responsibility of recruiting workers for the federal judiciary, was already overwhelmed by the sheer number of applicants.
As at press time yesterday, many were still queuing up at the FJSC to obtain the employment forms, a reflection of the pathetic situation of youth unemployment in the country.
A source at the commission said the commission was worried by the mammoth crowd that gather on a daily basis since January 19 to collect and submit employment application forms for just a handful of vacant positions to fill in the judiciary.
''As at the close of work on February 8, the commission has received 16,000 employment application forms from these job seekers for available vacant spaces that are far below 100.
''The Federal Character Commission insisted that we must advertise the few vacant positions in the Court of Appeal, knowing full well that with the precarious employment situation of the country, thousands of unemployed youths would flood this place.
''In other words, the publication was made to comply with the Federal Character Commission's (FCC) instructions to the effect that all vacant positions be advertised, irrespective of the number of positions available," the source said.
The FJSC said that in line with the FCC directive, it would issue the application forms for six weeks running before short listing the eligible applicants for interview.
The source said the executive secretary of the FJSC, Hajia Bilkisu Bashir, had to invite a combatant soldier to control the crowd and to avoid chaos around the office, which is located within the Supreme Court premises.
The source said: "It is FCC directive that led to the big crowd which is yet to subside. We have issued over 16,000 application forms in the last two weeks and we still have up to February 28 to complete the exercise of issuing the employment application forms."
"The forms are now issued on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, while we use Tuesday and Thursday to receive the completed forms. We cannot stop the issuance of the forms before February 28; there is nothing we can do about it because that is what the Federal Character Commission insisted should be done."
There had been upsurge of job applicants at the Supreme Court in the last three weeks, following the news that the apex court was receiving applications in respect of some vacant positions.
There had also been allegations that the Court of Appeal was secretly recruiting workers following which a petition was written to the Federal Character Commission.
However, a reliable source revealed that when the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mukhtar, got wind of the development, she ordered the Appeal Court to advertise and follow due process.
Incidentally, the vacant positions are far less than 100 whereas over 16,000 had obtained forms.