As Nigeria celebrates her 59th year independence anniversary, Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State has said that though the country is 59 years old, it has not matured.

The Taraba Governor, Darius Ishaku has approved the employment of over 300 people into the state civil service as part of efforts to address the gross manpower shortage of the state civil service

Chairman, Taraba State Civil Service Commission, Mr. John Mamman, disclosed this on Sunday in an interview with our correspondent in Jalingo.

Mamman said the Governor has noticed the gap in the junior, middle cadre and even at the top level of civil service in the state and gave the approval to rejigged the service for better service delivery.

“There is a gap because most of the experience civil servants were inherited from old Adamawa state and are now retiring.

“In the next two or three years if we don’t employ, we will have more pensioners than regular civil service servants.

“The Governor has noticed this and has graciously approved that we should employ over 300 people which we are about to start.

“We have already interviewed some people since 2017, we will brush over the exercise and get people whose services are needed based on their discipline and areas we need people and employ them.

“It is very necessary we do this otherwise, we will wake up one day and discover that we don’t have the work force,” he said.

Mamman who pledge to reform the state civil service through training and retraining noted that he will bring sanity and discipline in the service and ensure due diligence for optimum performance.

He explained that very soon, the commission will introduce a system where civil servants will pass through examination before they are confirmed and promoted as is done in the federal service.

Mamman noted that the reforms will make civil servants to sit up and know the rudiments of their duties before they get promoted to higher positions of responsibilities.

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