Taraba State's Civil Service Commission (CSC) has directed applicants for jobs to pay N3,500 for an online application form.
The state government a few weeks ago lifted an embargo on employment into the state civil service through an announcement by the Office of the Head of Service of the state.
That experience has fueled a suspicion that the current exercise is another ploy by the government to generate revenue from people desperate for employment.
The suspicion is butressed by the fact that the state government has not been paying gratuities and pensions to retired workers while payment of salaries of civil servants is not regular.
A former chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state, Jonah Kataps, described the sale of application for employment forms as unfair.