No fewer than 3000 job seekers, mostly university graduates, have besieged the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, to submit applications for employment in the state civil service.
The applicants, who arrived at the secretariat in their hundreds, were seen gathered at the Lagos Civil Service Commission building, trying to submit their already completed applications.
Some of the applicants who could not endure standing under the scorching sun on the long queue sat in groups under nearby trees putting together their CVs and other documents.
While some were submitting their completed forms, others were seen making desperate efforts to obtain the forms.
Owners of business centres within the secretariat made brisk business as they were overwhelmed by applicants taking passport photographs and making photo copies of their documents.
One of the applicants, Bolaji Oshuntokun, said that he had applied for a job in the state`s civil service in the hope of getting something better than his present marketing job which he describes as “not better than a menial job as it is strenuous and hardly gives me any reward or satisfaction.”
“So, when I saw the job advertisement of the state government in the newspaper, I decided to apply immediately because I believe government job is better and secure.
“We all know how difficult it can be to get civil service jobs in this country, but I am impressed with the process so far and I am confident I will get the job,’’ Mr. Oshuntokun, a 2007 graduate said.
He explained that though the recruitment process started about a fortnight ago, the number of applicants at the secretariat is still very high.
According to him, the situation as at Monday was chaotic because applicants want to beat the Thursday deadline.
A 2010 graduate of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho, Mosaku Israel, said he acted on a friend`s advise to obtain the application form.
“I learnt from the application form that there is going to be a written test and then an oral interview. Well I am prepared and I am sure I will do well.
“I do not believe in lobbying or trying to get somebody to manipulate things for me. I know Lagos state takes transparency serious in all that they do. I will try my best and leave the rest to God,’’ he said.
A female applicant, who pleaded anonymity, said she applied to “fulfill all righteousness”.
She said she does not believe the best candidates will get the jobs at the end of the day.
“My father forced me to apply because I never believe merit is considered in employments into the civil service, whether local, state or at the federal levels.
“Moreover, I learnt they are employing less than 1,000, so I ask myself – what hope for these thousands of applicants especially as we know they would put their people at the end of the day,’’ she queried.
Efforts to get Adesegun Ogunlewe, the state`s Head of Service, to shed light on the figure to be employed proved abortive as he was said to be unavailable at his office.