An intense struggle for a job at the Internal Revenue Service office has ensued.
More than 10,000 unemployed graduates have applied to fill 60 vacancies at the Kogi State Internal Revenue Service.
A competent source in the service said in Lokoja on Tuesday that the service had advertised for applications from suitably qualified candidates to be engaged as Revenue Trainee Officers.
The source said that about 900 of the applicants had First Class and Second Class Upper Division degrees as well as Distinction and Upper Credit at HND level.
The Kogi State government embarked on the recruitment drive to harness fresh brains following its resolve to reposition the service for operational efficiency in conformity with international best practises in tax administration.
The office had been flooded with letters, notes and calls from government officials and politicians in frantic efforts to secure positions for their children, wards and relations.
The source said that only candidates adjudged most suitable and qualified would be shortlisted and offered jobs, and that government was determined to ensure transparency in the exercise.
The Executive Chairman of the service, Ahmed Musa, confirmed that the service had advertised the job vacancies and that the office had been inundated with application letters. He assured that no stone would be left unturned in the effort to meet the target of N8 billion target revenue for this year.
He said that the bulk of the target was expected from capital gain tax, stamp duties and rent income tax levied on landlords in the state.
Mr. Musa said that the state government in its bid to strengthen tax administration and drive for improved Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, in the state had granted full financial autonomy to the service.