By Ibrahim Akawu


Niger State House of Assembly has suspended the computer based test (CBT) earlier scheduled next week Tuesday for candidates who applied for jobs in the state civil service.

The suspension followed a three page petition written by four permanent commissioners of the Niger state Civil Service Commission (CSC) against the chairman,  Alh Shehu Yusuf Galadima over what they described as lack of synergy and consultation.

The aggrieved members said the chairman was running the activities of the commission alone without consulting them and pointed out that all the decisions taken about the recruitment exercise was not reached by members of the commission as demanded by law but the chairman did it alone.

It is on this note that the House of Assembly Committee on Labour and Productivity summoned the chairman and members of the commission, Secretary to the State Government, Head of Service of Niger State, permanent secretaries and other stakeholders for an interface.

The committee stakeholders’ meeting after extensive deliberations resolved that the electronic test for the applicants be suspended pending when the commission would resolve its internal crisis.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alh Ibrahim Isah Ladan after listening to both sides agreed that the exercise be suspended pending when the commission would resolve its internal crisis,

The SSG said the Constitution recognized the commission and not the chairman in recruitment and other statutory duties of the commission and therefore the chairman alone cannot take unilateral decision.

He said he was disappointed with the revelations about the relationship between the chairman and his commission members, saying his office would work to resolve the matter.

Spokesman of the aggrieved permanent commissioners, Comrade Mohammed Adams Erena (Permanent Commissioner I) told lawmakers that the news of the  electronic test to be purportedly conducted by Federal University of Technology was unknown to them.

He said “when I heard the rumors about the CBT test, I confronted the chairman and explained to him the position of other members but he told me point blank that the exercise must go on whether we like it or not”.

He said this was not how a leader of an institution like the civil service commission should behave.

Comrade Erena said the four members kicked against their chairman because he refused to take their opinion into consideration among which was that the computer based test would not serve the interest of candidates in Niger State.

He disclosed that the N43 million said to be approved by the governor for the exercise was not known to the commission members as only the chairman can defend the said money.

He said all efforts to convince the chairman that their inputs and role as members of the commission are important in this matter was not adhered to.

He bemoaned the chairman’s attitude of not taking them into confidence and described the chairman’s behavior as strange.

A member of the commission, Hajiya Asmau Usman said the computer based test as the last option would not serve the interest of her zone that are mostly rural and would spend N14000 to and from Minna for the exercise.

She said the e-test would not only inconvenient a lot of candidates in the state in terms of logistics and accommodation, but she believed most of them lack the requisite computer knowledge.

The chairman of House Committee on Labour, Hon Malik Madaki Bosso said since the members cannot agree on the exercise, the best thing was to suspend recruitment exercise until the commission resolves its leadership crisis.

He said the exercise would be put on hold until all grey areas are resolved 
for the interest of Nigerlites.

Hon Malik Madaki Bosso said the commission has zero budget allocation and wondered where the N43 million earmarked for the exercise would come from.

“The commission is not entitled to any money in the budget because the commission refused to appear at the budget screening. I wondered which vote they would charge “he said.

He advise the Federal University of Technology, Minna, to put the exercise on hold until crucial issues are resolved concerning the exercise

He said as representatives of the people, the interests of the people matters most, while also admonishing the chairman to work with his members for peaceful and quick resolution of the matter.

He said the house did not cancel the screening exercise but only intervene as part of its statutory responsibility as lawmaking body to ensure things are done the right way.