The oral interview for permanent secretary candidates in Ebonyi state turned hilarious on Tuesday when some of them could not recite the national anthem and answer questions about the capital of states.
The televised oral interview followed a written test, and it was supervised by David Umahi, Ebonyi governor and his deputy, Kelechi Igwe, who was the chairman of the interview committee.
Two of the candidates failed to recite the national anthem while another two could not recite the states in Nigeria and their capitals.
In a particular case, a candidate said that the capital of Kwara is Kwara and that capital of Lagos is Lagos while another said that the Anambra capital is Anambra.
Umahi jokingly told one of the interviewees to ask her children at home to teach her how to recite the states and their capitals.
“The appointment of new permanent secretaries will be based on their performances in the exercise as my administration is poised toward reforming the state’s civil service,” the governor said.
For unknown reasons, the Ebonyi civil service had been without permanent secretaries since the inception of the Umahi administration.
He noted, however, that only intelligent and resourceful candidates would be selected to assist in repositioning the civil service.