Local Government Workers Kick Against ₦10,000 Exam Fees

WORKERS of the Local Governments in Nasarawa State have been ordered to pay ₦10,000 each for this year's Public Service Examination.

The Local Government Service Commission gave the directive ahead of the examination to be organize by the Administrative Staff College Of Nigeria (ASCON).

The fees payable to ASCON is for the purchase of form for the examination slated for 30th-31st January.

As n-Mirror learnt, the promotion examination will hold simultaneously in various centres across the state.

Workers were advised to obtain forms for the exercise or risk not been considered for promotion.

While few have complied with the payment, others however lamented that "the fees is too high".

A worker who spoke under condition of anonymity appealed to Governor Abdullahi A Sule to intervene on the matter.

According to her, it has become a practice for the government to foot the expenses for the training of workers among others geared towards building capacity for effective service delivery.

"Where on earth does workers pay for training let alone to write promotion examination? Is this one of the expectations Governor Sule vowed to exceed? This is a bad precedent and the government must not hesitate to reverse it," she added.

Meanwhile, a worker simply identified as Sunny appealed to the Organized Labour to wade into the matter.

"This is unacceptable. As a matter of fact, we rather should be paid by the government to sit for the examination.

"For years, we have worked without our due entitlements. We have also been denied annual increment and promotions. Labour should and must intervene over this matter. Paying to sit for promotion examination is unacceptable", he said.

When contacted, a top official of the commission explained that the fees being charged is okay considering the nature of the examination.

Efforts however to reach either the chairman or executive secretary of the commission over the matter proved abortive.

The workers in addition to fraction payment of salaries has also not been promoted for over eight (8) years.

1 comment:

  1. This is unacceptable, why should workers pay for promotion examination.
    The labour should wade in with immediately effect.


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