No fewer than 1,280 Ekiti State workers on Saturday sat for the 2014 public service promotion examination.
This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by Seun Ogunsakin, the Press Officer to the Head of Service, Dr. Gbenga Faseluka, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ado-Ekiti.
The statement quoted Faseluka as saying the exercise was a demonstration of the commitment of Governor Ayo Fayose to developing a virile public service.
Faseluka also said the exercise was in line with the governor’s pledge not to retrench workers or reduce the minimum wage in spite of the financial challenges in the country.
He further explained that the promotion examination would protect, preserve and develop the state’s public service.
Faseluka said the present administration in the state depended on the civil service for the actualisation of its policies and programmes.
“The priority of Governor Ayo Fayose-led government is to preserve, protect and develop the civil service institution in Ekiti State.
“You must have listened to him severally that the welfare of workers in Ekiti State is the priority of his government and this he has demonstrated.”
Faseluka urged the workers to always avail themselves of the Public Service Rules and Regulation as a way of equipping themselves with more knowledge for efficiency.
The statement also quoted the state Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Raymond Ade-Adesanmi, who wrote the promotion examination as commending the state government for acceding to workers ‘ call for 2014 promotion.
Ade-Adesanmi added that the examination was well organised, saying that the labour unions were initially skeptical about its conduct.
He commended government for releasing the syllabus for the examination on time, saying he believed that majority of the candidates would pass excellently.
NAN reports that the exercise was held at the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti.