Chairman of the Delta State Civil Service Commission, Emmanuel Tetsola, has been suspended for what the state government consider a gross mismanagement of the recent recruitment exercise into the state civil service.
All other members of the commission were also suspended.
A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Ovuozorie Macaulay, stated that an administrative panel of inquiry has been set up to review the recruitment exercise.
According to the statement, “the recruitment exercise which was to address some vacancies in the service and respond to the employment needs of the state, has, however, been abused and ridiculously mismanaged by the Civil Service Commission.
“More embarrassing is the allegation of gross misconduct, abuse of office and fraud involving the sale of employment letters on account of which some members of the commission are presently undergoing interrogation by the security agencies”, Comrade Macaulay stated.
Several allegations have trailed the effort of the state government to fill vacancies existing in the civil service and address the employment needs of the people.
The commission and its chairman are being accused of selling employment letters to those who can afford between N500,000 and N800,000. They were alleged to have reserved positions for members of the state executive, members of the House of Assembly and other leading politicians in the state.
The commission is being accused of violating official recruitment practices by publishing the list of shortlisted candidates without carrying out a competitive examination of candidates.