Mrs Joan Ayo, the Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission, says the commission has employed 8,541 persons into different ministries from 2011 to date.
Ayo disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja, while addressing newsmen on the forthcoming 60th anniversary celebration of the Nigeria Public Service Commission.
She said that the commission came into existence in April, 1954 with the functions to employ, promote and the discipline of civil servants.
The chairman explained that the civil service had contributed a lot to the growth and unity of the country.
“If not for the public service, Nigeria would have broken up many years back.
“It was the public officers that held Nigeria together at a time when we did not anticipate the civil war,” she said.
Ayo said that the gate way into the civil service was through the commission, adding that it had remained consistent in its activities.
The chairman said that the commission would in the anniversary recognise some public and civil servants who had contributed immensely toward national development.
She said that the commission had focused attention on reorientation of workers and strict adherence to rules and regulation.
“We want to ensure efficient civil servants that are patriotic, highly cultured and committed to the sustainable development of Nigeria.’’
On recruitment in the commission, Ayo said that meritocracy was the key factor in recruiting workers into the service.
“We ensure that only the best from every state is chosen and we also consider gender balance.
“The commission does not create vacancies rather we fill vacancies declared by Ministries, Departments and Agencies through the Head of Service.
“The commission does not also decide salaries of recruited officers and it has symbiotic relationship with other states civil service,” Ayo said.
The chairman said that it did not tolerate any form of political interference or interest.
“Anybody who has a job with the public service must be politically neutral and this encourages impartiality in the service,” he said. (NAN)