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Nigeria’s Civil Service Introduces Computer-Based Tests for Staff Promotions

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The Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) of Nigeria has announced a significant overhaul of its promotion examination process, marking a transition from traditional paper-based tests to a modern, computer-based testing (CBT) approach. This initiative, revealed by FCSC Chairman Prof. Tunji Olaopa during the commission’s inaugural monthly seminar in Abuja, is part of a broader reform aimed at digitizing and modernizing the commission’s core operations.

Under the theme “The Institutional Framework and Procedure for the Conduct of Directorate Level Exercise: Guaranteeing Integrity, Transparency, and Accountability of Standard Practices,” Prof. Olaopa outlined the commission’s vision for a more efficient, transparent, and accountable system. The shift towards CBT is set to commence with the 2024 promotion exercise, moving away from “analogue-rooted practices” to embrace the technological advancements that have transformed global examination standards.

A pivotal element of this transformation includes the development of an online recruitment portal accessible to all Nigerians. This platform will not only facilitate the submission and updating of recruitment forms by eligible candidates but also ensure that the examination and interview processes are conducted with greater efficiency and integrity. The real-time collation and release of results promise to streamline the evaluation process, significantly reducing the waiting period for candidates and enhancing the overall transparency of the selection process.

The FCSC is not undertaking this ambitious project in isolation. It has strategically partnered with the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), leveraging their extensive infrastructure, networks, and expertise in conducting large-scale computer-based tests. This collaboration is expected to facilitate a seamless transition to the CBT format, beginning with directorate-level officers before eventually encompassing all levels of the federal service.

Prof. Olaopa expressed optimism that these reforms would not only modernize the commission’s operations but also elevate the professionalism and efficiency of the federal bureaucracy. This, in turn, is anticipated to support the “Renewed Hope Agenda” of the presidency, aimed at catalyzing Nigeria’s national transformation journey and alleviating the challenges posed by existing governmental policies.

Echoing the chairman’s sentiments, Prof. Olugbenga Ojo, Director of Examinations and Assessment at NOUN, underscored the benefits of adopting CBT for conducting promotional examinations. Highlighting the efficiency, reliability, and security advantages of CBT, Prof. Ojo reaffirmed NOUN’s commitment to supporting the FCSC’s digital transition. By showcasing the potential of CBT, NOUN aims to complement the commission’s efforts to adopt more advanced and effective examination methodologies.

This shift towards digital proficiency in the civil service promotion process signals a significant leap towards modernizing Nigeria’s federal bureaucracy. It reflects a broader trend of digital transformation in the public sector, aiming to enhance service delivery, transparency, and accountability.

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