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Kano civil servants protest ‘unannounced’ postponement of promotion exam

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By Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Kano State civil servants, on Sunday staged a protest against what they called, unannounced postponement of promotion examination tutorial.

The workers, drawn from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), expressed their anger over abrupt postponement of the promotional examination tutorial, scheduled to take place Sunday, at Aminu Kano College of Islamic and Legal Studies, in the Kano metropolis.

KANOTODAY gathered that the workers, drawn from the 44 Local Government areas of the state, thronged the premises of the college in anticipation for sitting for the tutorial, but to their dismay, found the gate of the proposed examination hall sealed with a postponement notice.

Our correspondent, who was at the scene, saw the notice of the postponement boldly written and pasted on the gate, but without giving another time for the examination.

The participants, also expressed dismay over the failure of the state Civil Service Commission to notify them about postponement of the examination, lamenting that the commission did not consider the fact that most of them came from far places.

Speaking, one Kabiru Shehu, said the examination was supposed to take place since last year, but the commission has been postponding it to different times and locations.

’’It is almost a year now when government scheduled the examination at different venues but cancels it. I don’t know why, but it confirmed to us that today will be the final day for the tutorial before the grand examination. We paid almost N7, 000 for tutorial materials, but unfortunately they canceled it again to unknown place.

“Another problem is that, despite the money we paid, we hired cars from our respective villages and towns to attend the examination. We spent a lot of money for nothing. Why couldn’t they inform us for any development regarding the matter before inviting us?” he asked rhetorically

The aggrieved civil servants also suggested that, instead of gathering people at one place to write the tutorial and grand examinations, government should organize it to take place at their respective MDAs as practiced before.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer, office of the Head of Civil Service, Mustapha Muhammad Fagge, denied the allegation of receiving N7, 000 from the workers, admitting that, the commission charged N1,000 from each staff for the tutorial manual as they need it before taking the promotional examination.

He added that, the examination was cancelled due to some reasons, as the office of the head of civil service would soon announce the next day for the examination.

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