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Kwara begins 2019 promotion interview for 1,736 civil servants

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The Kwara State Government on Tuesday began the second phase of the 2019 promotion exercise for 1736 civil servants across ministries, departments, and agencies.

“The second phase of the promotion exercise which is an interview of 1736 candidates commences today, September 29, 2020, and will last till November 4, 2020,” chairperson of the Kwara State Civil Service Commission Habibah Yusuf disclosed in a statement Tuesday.

“The civil servants to be interviewed are 1736 which cut across all MDAs. The venue of the interview is the CSC conference hall, beginning at 10 o’clock in the morning each day.”

The statement urged all candidates to be punctual as no makeup interview would be conducted for any candidate who missed their interview date.

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It directed all the affected officers to come to the venue with their face masks in line with COVID-19 protocols.

The affected officers had earlier written examinations in the first phase of the promotion exercise.

In another development, the state Government also on Tuesday disclosed that it has set aside the sum of N135,500,000 under the Kwara State Social Investment Programme (KWASSIP) as an interest-free loan to 1,119 private school owners across the state.

A statement by Mohammed Brimah, the Anchor of KWASSIP, explained that “KWASSIP has engaged with the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) in Kwara State after they reached out for assistance to cushion the effects of school closure arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The statement said the 1,119 private schools have been grouped into two, each category receiving between N200,000 and N100,000 depending on their staff strength.

Under the arrangement, category A schools — which totalled 236 and have 20 staff and above — will each receive N200,000 to support their workers.

Category B schools, with 19 or less staff and totalling 883 schools, are to receive N100,000 each under the arrangement that is purely voluntary.

The state Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq had recently in a virtual meeting held with the umbrella bodies of private schools in the state pledged to offer an interest-free loan to the owners as salary support for their workers to prevent massive loss of job and poverty surge in the education sub-sector.

Abdulrazaq says he would not be blind to the plight of any Kwaran, including proprietors and workers across private schools in the state who he acknowledged had been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic due to the closure of schools and some other businesses for months.