16, 000 applicants target 100 vacancies in judicial commission

The Federal Judicial Service Commission has received about 16,000 applications for the less than 100 vacant positions advertised for the Court of Appeal.

The FJSC recruits members of staff to fill vacant positions in the judiciary agencies and departments at the federal level.

The window for the submission of application forms opened last January 19 and will close on February 28, 2013.

Successful applicants are to be shortlisted after the period.

However, a source in the commission told our correspondent that, as at the close of work on Friday, February 8, 16,000 applicants had filed in their applications for the job offer.

The revelation came as our correspondent, who visited the FJSC Abuja headquarters on Monday, saw many other applicants milling around the premises and seeking to obtain the employment forms.

The source, who craved anonymity, said, “As at the close of work on Friday, February 8, 2013, the commission had received 16,000 employment application forms from job seekers for vacant spaces that are far below 100.

“The Federal Character Commission insisted that we must advertise the few vacant positions in the Court of Appeal, knowing full well that with the precarious employment situation of the country, thousands of unemployed youth would flood this place.

“In other words, the publication was made to comply with the Federal Character Commission’s instructions to the effect that all vacant positions be advertised for, irrespective of the number of positions available.”

An applicant, who gave his name as James, told our correspondent on Monday that he could not obtain the form last Friday.

He said, “There are too many people here; they should make enough forms available for us.”