No fewer than 48,000 unemployed youths on Tuesday sat for the Ekiti State Public Service recruitment examination for 2,000 available spaces.
Speaking on the development, the State Head of Service Dr Olugbenga Faseluka said the recruitment exercise is aimed at filling available vacancies in the public service.
Faseluka said though there are more than 2000 vacancies, the State Government is merely filling 2,000 critical job vacancies in different cadres of the service cutting across the core civil service, the Teaching Service, Primary Education Board, Hospitals management Board, and parastatals.
He stressed that the ongoing recruitment is the only major recruitment embarked upon by government in the last four years.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary in the Office of Establishments and Training, Mr Olusesan Alabi assured applicants that the recruitment will be merit-driven and not based on political patronage, even as successful candidates would undergo interviews.
He explained that some categories of applicants such as sweepers, security guards and gardeners would not partake in the written examination but would be subjected to oral interviews because of the nature of their jobs.
One of the applicants, Solomon Olukoko commended the state government for embarking on the recruitment exercise; saying that it would reduce youth unemployment and boost the economy of the State.
Another applicant, Ajayi Tosin expressed satisfaction at the conduct of the examination; saying that the organizers arrived the venue of the examination on time. She praised them for effectively managing the army of youths who wrote the examination.
Adetula Helen who wrote the examination in Ado Ekiti centre urged the recruiting agencies to prioritise merit.