Commission indicts politicians of masterminding protests against sale of forms in Taraba

The debate over the selling of recruitment forms for the Taraba State Civil Service has taken on a new dimension, with the Commission accusing politicians of orchestrating the anti-recruitment protests.

Some youngsters occupied the Commission’s offices early this week to protest the selling of forms, alleging that the forms should be given out to applicants free of cost.

Though the indicted politicians and their political parties were not mentioned, the Commission claimed the protests were being sponsored by some “overzealous politicians”

The Chairman of the Commission. John A. Mamman, who made the assertion in Jalingo, said “the Commission notes with surprise and disgust that the noble intention of His Excellency Governor Darius Ishaku to remove our unemployed from the streets has provided an avenue for some disgruntled politicians to exploit.”

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He said, “few overzealous politicians were going about instigating some youths to take laws into their hands, worrying that such action was capable of inciting violence.

“The agitation the Commission gathers is against the payments of the normal application forms of Three Thousand Five Hundred Naira only”

The chairman alleged that the agitators want to create the impression that it was the first time such payments are charged for application forms in the state.

He said ”the truth is that the payments for both application and transfer of service forms were carried over from the defunct Gongola State and since the creation of Taraba State in 1991 this has been the practice.”

“It is most unfortunate and cruel for some desperate self-serving politicians to incite these misinformed youths against the good intentions of Governor Darius Ishaku in providing gainful employment for them. “

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