From Julius B. Kezi, Kafanchan
Youths in Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State, have protested the recent recruitment exercise conducted by the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), North-Central District, Kafanchan.
The youths who turned out in their numbers staged the peaceful protest, carrying placards at the premises of the District office in Kafanchan.
Spokesman of the Youths, Barrister Yakunat Kingsley alleged marginalization of the host community in the recruitment exercise.
He said it was expected as a responsibility of the Corporation to absorb, especially lower cadre staff from within the host community.
Kingsley Yakunat noted with dismay that bulk of the youths in the area have over time volunteered their service as casual workers, but regretted that they were left out in the exercise and appealed to the Nigeria Railway Corporation Authorities to verify the authenticity of the claim with a view to addressing it.
Addressing leaders of the Youths, Mr Arondo Felix, the Kafanchan Railways District Manager denied the claim of marginalization, explaining that due process was followed and that youths in the area who were serving as casuals were considered.
Mr Felix said the Kafanchan District was mandated to recruit 400 persons and the scope of the District Comprised of four States, including Kaduna, Plateau, Benue and Nasarawa States. He explained that due to the large size of the district, it was not possible for one locality to be favoured at the expense of the others.
The Railway District Manager urged the youths to exploit future opportunities as the recruitment exercise was a continuous one.
Interim Chairman, Jema’a Local Government Council, Dr. Bege Katuka, while addressing the aggrieved youths, appealed to them to exercise patience and assured them he would wade into the matter for amicable solution without breaching the peace.
It was gathered that over 23,000 applicants were interviewed, out of 63,000 that applied for the 400 vacancies.