Obaseki gives over 500 physically-challenged persons automatic employment in Edo

WorldStage Newsonline— Following the order by Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, that all qualified applicants with disabilities be employed, about 100 People with Disabilities who applied for employment in the state civil service in the recently concluded recruitment, have been offered employment.

They were part of the over 500 persons recruited by the state civil service commission in December last year.

The Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the governor, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, disclosed this in a statement.

A good number of the newly-employed workers’ who underwent orientation in early December, assumed work at various Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the new year.

They described the recruitment process as transparent, fair and a rare opportunity to contribute to the development of the state.

An Agricultural Research Officer with the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Anderson Osarodion, said, “I am happy to be part of the civil service. I can tell you that the entire process was free and transparent and a good number of those that got in this time round were employed on merit.”

He commended the governor for allowing a level- playing field for all applicants, noting, “Unlike other recruitment processes I have participated in before this, nobody asked me to either pay a dime or look for someone at the top to recommend me for the job. This for me is a plus and I am ready to support the state government to provide diligent service to taxpayers.”

On his own part, James Asenoguan, a statistician, said the employment came to him as a big surprise because he was not expecting to get shortlisted in the first instance, knowing how recruitment in the civil service worked before now.

“This opportunity has changed things for me for good. I can now contribute to the well-being of my family. I have just assumed work at my duty post and learning the ropes,” he said.

Commenting on the process of selection, Asenoguan said, “Some of my friends who didn’t apply because they were skeptical about the process, were surprised that I was among the shortlisted candidates. I thank the state governor for giving me this opportunity to be part of the state workforce.”

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