Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state recently approved the immediate release of the list of 1,000 Bayelsa graduates, who were successful in the last conducted recruitment exercise, but that list has continued to draw mixed reactions. 

It has been a rigorous process since the recruitment exercise started last year.   

The first exercise, was a written examination which held at Bishop Dimeari Grammar School, in Ovom Yenagoa, on August 22, 2018, with over 22,000 applicants in attendance. 

The second stage, was a computer based test conducted for over 4,000 applicants at the Niger Delta University, Amassoma, between December 19  and  21.

Those who scaled through the first examination, participated.

However, some graduates, who took part in the computer based interview, had queried the Civil Service Commission (organisers of the exercise), on why their results were not immediately displayed on the computer screen as soon as they submitted their answers.

This, they claimed, was usually the norm in every computer based tests. 

One of the participant, Mrs Hilda Timi, expressed displeasure with the shady manner the last exercise was conducted.

"They should stop playing childish games with us.

"How can they tell us the exercise followed due process when names on the list belong to that of political office holder's relatives? 

"I am sure some of them did not participate in the interview. 

"We have been short-changed," she lamented.

A nursing mother, Mrs Shadrach Ebarakumo, noted that after writing both examinations, her name did not appear on the list but her friend who did not apply for the job, was among the beneficiaries.

"I have been an applicant for five years in this state. Angrily, she advised youths to stand against enemies of the state.

"Is this how crime rate will reduce? she asked. 

However, a civil servant with the Ministry of Works, Mr William Kalama, had a different opinion. 

He said he was not surprised when he heard that his elder brother's son was among those whose names appeared on the list. 

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He said: "It is a normal thing every where. The rich must always feed before the poor.

"My nephew never attended the interview nor wrote the test but his name is on the list, he revealed.

"If you don't know any influential person in this state, just face your hustle".  

When Bounce News paid a visit to the Civil Service  Commission, the staff declined comment on the issue and could not show a list of the employed people.

There are also claims that the list was posted on a website which only very few had access to.

According to a statement by the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the successful candidates, will receive their letters of appointment at a ceremony to be performed by the Governor on Monday, January, 28, 2019, at the Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha Memorial Banquet Hall, Government House, Yenagoa. 

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