recruitment

  • False! Sokoto State University not recruiting as claimed in viral message

    Claim: A call for massive recruitment at Sokoto State University 

    Viral post making the rounds on WhatsApp seeking interested and qualified candidates for recruitment into Sokoto State University is FALSE. 

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    A call for massive recruitment at the Sokoto State University has recently been going round on social media especially the WhatsApp platform, with a directive to share widely for qualified Nigerians to take advantage of the job openings. 

    The message stated that the university wishes to engage suitably qualified scholars and academics to fill numerous academic and non-academic positions, which includes: Senior Lecturer, Professor, Graduate Assistant, Lecturer 1, Lecturer II Reader, Counseling Psychologist, Higher Pharmacy Technician, Medical Officer, Graduate Nursing Officer, Principal Library Officer amongst others, with October 18, 2021 deadline.

    Screenshot of the WhatsApp message about Sokoto State University 

    Sokoto State is one of the 36 States of Nigeria, located in the extreme northwest of the country on the national border with the Republic of Niger. Arising from the insatiable quest of the people of the state for education and excellence, the idea of establishing the Sokoto State University was conceived by the then Sokoto State Governor Aliyu Wamakko when he established the Sokoto State University Implementation Committee in 2008. 

    The committee was charged with the responsibility of: Planning for the structure and facilities for the effective running of the university, seeking for and obtaining approval from the Federal Government for Sokoto state to run its own university aside, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, which is Federal Government owned and in which the indigenes of the state were marginally placed over the years arising from the Federal Character Principle; and establishing the Sokoto State University School of Developmental Studies with the sole aim of preparing students, a one-year pre-degree programme before enrolling into the University. The approval was granted in 2009. 

    Verification 

    Dubawa began its verification by visiting the website attached to the viral message.

    Screenshot of the call for application on the website 

    The site contains numerous calls for recruitments for academic and non- academic positions in different universities in Nigeria including that of the Sokoto State University. The website described itself as a job, vacancy, career opportunity blog, which shares daily updates on available vacancies, local and international scholarships, government and international organization loans and grants. 

    Talking about the advertised job, the site states that the salaries and conditions of service are as applicable to the post appointed for in Nigerian Universities as approved by Sokoto State Government and the Governing Council of the university from time to time. 

    It also urged interested and qualified candidates to submit their applications and up-to-date curriculum vitae to include contact mobile phone numbers and email addresses through the university’s email: [email protected] or by Courier to: The Registrar, Sokoto State University, P.M. 2134, Birnin Kebbi Road, Sokoto, Sokoto State.

    screenshot of application instruction 

    The website added a caveat that said it is not an agent of any organizations, and cannot assist any applicant to secure a job, loan, grant, or scholarship, as they only share the information for interested persons to apply. 

    Further search on the website of Sokoto State University revealed there was no opening for job offers but it contains a disclaimer dated August 18, 2021 and signed by the institution’s Registrar, Amins Yusuf Garba, to a false advertisement being circulated online, soliciting applications for a purported recruitment exercise. 

    The university in the disclaimer notified the general public that the university is not recruiting for any position, either directly or through any proxy, as it warned the general public to be cautious and vigilant to avoid falling victim to the plots of  unscrupulous elements who are circulating the false recruitment notices, to deceive unsuspecting applicants. 

    “In view of the above, the university is hereby advising the general public to always seek accurate and credible information by visiting its website @ www.ssu.edu.ng, its verified social media handles on Facebook, Twitter,

    Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube or by visiting the Institution,” the disclaimer added. 

    Screenshot of the disclaimer

    Conclusion 

    Given the evidence available, a call for massive recruitment for academic and non-academic positions at Sokoto State University is untrue as claimed. 

    The researcher produced this fact-check per the 2021 Kwame Karikari Fact-checking Fellowship partnership with Sobi 101.9 FM to facilitate the ethos of truth in journalism and enhance media literacy in the country.

  • National Intelligence Agency not offering employment through this online call

    Claim: A viral message circulating WhatsApp has been urging Nigerians to apply for the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Recruitment via a portal.

    The information circulating on WhatsApp that the NIA is now recruiting, via a certain portal, is misleading, as verification has revealed that the recruitment process of the Intelligence Agency is secretive.

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    Nigeria’s unemployment rate surged to 33%, second highest on global List in March 2021, according to Bloomberg. This development has grossly contributed to fake employment notifications in the country.

    Recently a viral post on WhatsApp claims the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) is currently open for employment.

    The forward-as-received message attempts to direct readers to this portal and a particular email address. The message reads:

    “NIA Recruitment 2021/2022 Application

    Form Login Portal

    NIA – National Intelligence Agency Recru… news-af.feednews.com

    NIA Recruitment 2021/2022 Application Form Login Portal – Opera News Official

    https://newsaf.feednews.com/news/detail/f9579ab7a4ff1a628074ab9187528db2news_entry_id=6261168d210718en_ng&news_id= f9579ab7a4ff1a628074ab9187528db2&country=ng&language=en”

    Screenshot of the forward as received message

    Since Dubawa has seen similar Job offers that have been used  to mislead unsuspecting members of the society for fraudulent  reasons, it triggered the urge to verify the credibility of the information. 

    Verification

    Dubawa clicked the provided portal link, and it opened a new website, a page that urged interested candidates to apply by filling a form and sending their CVs to a certain email address.

    Screenshot of the website

    Underneath the requirements list, another website was given for interested candidates, it reads “How to Apply for NIA Recruitment 2021

    www.nationalintelligenceagency.gov.ng

    Click on Job vacacies

    Create your profile

    and start your application”

    So Dubawa clicked on the new link, which redirected this fact checker to another website.

    Screenshot of the new website

    Dubawa observed that the new website has the same information as the previous website. It is obvious the site was not the NIA website.

    Screenshot of the link

    It also observed the spelling and grammatical errors, vacancies is spelt “vacacies.”

    This fact checker figured out there was no real portal for the job registration because it keeps redirecting Dubawa to similar websites.

    How does the National Intelligence Agency recruit?

    The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) is a Nigerian government division tasked with overseeing foreign intelligence and counterintelligence operations formed in

    June 5, 1986.

    The Nigeria Head of State then, Ibrahim Babangida, issued in June 1986 Decree Number 19, dissolving the NSO and restructuring Nigeria’s security services into three separate organizations under the Office of the Coordinator of National Security. 

    The new National Intelligence Agency (NIA) was responsible for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence. This reorganization followed a formal investigation of the NSO by former director Umaru Shinkafi.

    Dubawa contacted a security expert, the Managing Director, Agent-X Security Ltd,  Timothy O. Avele, for clarification on the recruitment procedure for special security agencies like the NIA, and he said Intelligence agencies worldwide and in Nigeria such as the NIA are always committed to hiring exceptional talent for a variety of career opportunities that span the globe to help support their mission. 

    “The majority of their hiring is done at the entry-level (in-country) through invitation-only hiring events; however, vacancies may be posted for mid- and senior-level positions as mission dictates, but unlike the police and other security agencies including the military, intelligence agencies, recruitment are mostly done in secrecy for obvious reasons and in the case of Nigeria, a federal character principle that must be followed. Of course political interference (who you know) is a Nigerian factor to be considered too. Once a prospective candidate is invited to interview and receives a conditional job offer, he or she must be granted a security clearance before the hiring process can be finalized” he said.

    Avele added “The government considers many factors when granting security clearances, including citizenship, drug use, medical and personal integrity and conduct.

    All candidates for this kind of recruitment must be Nigerian citizens and are subject to a thorough background inquiry and any required medical examinations.”

    The Recruitment Process of Intelligence Agents (Spies) by Intelligence Agencies

    Entry-level (in-country) hiring for mid and senior-level positions may be posted but not in the usual way the police and the military advertise their  positions.

    The second category of employment, that is the intelligence agents or spies is done in total secrecy. It’s never posted for any reason and If the candidate has been selected or is invited to a hiring event, he or she  will receive correspondence from the NIA

    Avele said the term spy refers to human agents that are recruited by Intelligence officer (professionally called case officer) of an intelligence agency, like NIA, whose primary responsibility is gathering and processing of foreign intelligence on both friendly and hostile nations, including non-state actors.

    “The process is not advertised. Recruiting process typically begins with “spotting.” Spotting is the identification of targeted people who appear to have access to information, or are attractive for some support role,” he said.

    “This individual may be “developed” (as in case of foreign university students studying in Nigeria or any other country or foreign businessmen) over a period of time before the approach is made or it could be made”cold. “

    “Alternatively, the potential agent may approach the agency; many intelligence assets were not recruited but were “walk-ins” or “write-ins” who offered information to foreign intelligence services” Avele added.

    He said background research is conducted on the potential agent to identify any ties to a foreign intelligence agency, select the most promising candidates and appropriate method of approach. 

    Conclusion

    The information circulating on WhatsApp that the NIA is now recruiting, via a certain portal, is misleading, as verification has revealed that the recruitment process of the Intelligence Agency is secretive.

    The researcher produced this fact-check per the 2021 Kwame Karikari Fact-checking Fellowship partnership with JAY 101.9 FM Jos to facilitate the ethos of truth in journalism and enhance media literacy in the country.

  • True, Kaduna iron ore mining company is recruiting

    Claim: A viral message circulating on  WhatsApp claims that a multi-billion Naira Iron ore mining company located in Gujeni, Kaduna State is recruiting a massive national workforce to resume operation by January 2022.

    The claim that a multi-billion Naira Iron ore mining company located in Gujeni, Kaduna State is recruiting a massive national workforce to resume operation by January 2022 is true. Findings reveal the recruitment is already taking place. 

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    A viral message circulating on WhatsApp claims that a multi billion naira Iron ore mining company located in Gujeni, Kaduna State is recruiting a massive national workforce to resume operation by January 2022.

    The forward-as-received message states that applications are expected from all parts of Nigeria to fill vacant positions, urging interested persons to forward their applications and CVs via : [email protected]

    The post reads:

    “KADUNA UPDATE: EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES  

    Nigeria’s first steel manufacturing plant comes on-stream in Kagarko Local Government, Kaduna State after more than 50 years of failed efforts in Ajaokuta. 

    There is a multi billion naira Iron ore mining company located in Gujeni, Kaduna State, 19 km from Abuja. The mining plant is situated on over 500 hectares of land with an expected workforce of 2,000 workers made up of Nigerians and 300 expatriates. The plant is under construction and the first phase is about to be completed and will resume operations by January 2022.

    A massive national workforce is required and experienced hands are also required to support the Iron Ore Processing Project to run effectively. The iron will then be further processed into steel in Nigeria. Be part of this historic feat by applying!

    Urgent Positions required are:

    1. Field Engineer

    2. Mechanical & Electrical University Graduates 

    3. Shift Foreman

    4. Boiler Field Operator

    5. Turbine Field Operator

    6. Shift Engineers

    7. Fitter Mechanic

    8. Electrical Shift Engineer

    9. Electrician

    10. Instrumentation Technicians

    11. Chemist

    12. Planning Engineer

    Applications are expected from all parts of Nigeria.

    All applications/CVs should be sent to : [email protected]

    Screenshot of forward as received message

    The same claim has also been making the rounds on Facebook. The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has also shared the same claim on his verified Facebook timeline which attracted massive traction from users. It garnered close to 3,000, over 450 comments and around 1,000 shares.

    The claim as it appeared on Governor El-Rufai’s Facebook Timeline

    A user,  Abdulrahman Abubakar,  who reacted to the post on the Governor’s timeline inquired thus, “The email address given is not working, Sir, are there any alternative methods for sending the CV to the company?”  Another user, on WhatsApp, discredited the job offer “this is fake, you should be careful where and to whom you share your CVs.” 

    Regardless of the diverse opinions, similar Job offers have been used by charlatans to collect the personal information of unsuspecting members of the society for fraudulent and malicious purposes.  As such, DUBAWA opts to verify the veracity of the information. 

    Verification

    DUBWA first surveyed websites of both the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel and the Kaduna State Government to find out  if there is any information regarding the recruitment. But no such information emerged. 

    Further query on the identity and activities of the  company  showed that the  mining company is registered with the  Corporate Affairs Commission  with the name “African Natural Resources and Mines” (ANRML), in 2012.  However, the registration status reads “inactive” which means the company has not filed its annual returns up to date.

    Dubawa contacted the special adviser on media and communications to the governor of Kaduna state, Muyiwa Adekeye, via text message, and he confirmed the company is accepting applications as published  the Governor’s page. 

    He clarified that, “The message is authentic, the company is currently recruiting to start operation by January 2022.” 

    Other facts gathered  from the response also revealed the recruitment is in bid to achieve a novel feat by the mining company.  In fact, the company has been working on the initiative for over 9 years now. 

    What you need to know about the first steel manufacturing plant.

    African Natural Resources and Mines (ANRML)  is an African Industry Groups Company, and it started setting up an Integrated Iron Ore Mining and Processing Plants Project, first of its kind in Nigeria.

    The Project will mine over 4.704 Million tonnes of Iron ore per annum to scale up to 5.88 million tonnes per annum. The Iron ore resource is certified as per NI 43 101 international standards by a reputed international agency and has completed the Techno Commercial Viability (TCV). ANRML has conducted Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) as per IFC performance standards.

    The steel plant will generate 36 megawatts of electricity to the national grid and would boost the already generated megawatts of power for other economic activities and increase power supply to Kagarko Local Government to help develop other industries and urbanize the local area.

    The company’s steel will also carry out beneficiation, pelletizing and converting of iron into direct used iron for steel manufacturing and that it will galvanise the industrial space into a hub of production of finished goods for local consumption and export.

    Is African natural resources and mines company the first steel manufacturing plant in Nigeria?

    No, the history of Nigeria’s attempt to develop the steel industry in Nigeria dates back to the establishment of the Ajaokuta Steel Project in September 1979.

    Designed as an integrated iron and steel complex, the first phase was designed to produce 1.3million tonnes (MT) of liquid steel per annum with capacity to expand to 2.6 MT and 5.2MT in three phases. The Federal Government also established the Delta Steel Company in Aladja which was commissioned in 1982, (now privately owned) with a capacity of 1.0MT per annum. 

    Agbaja Iron Ore Project, in Kogi state was completed in January 2014, and the production of iron ore concentrate was anticipated to start by the end of 2016 or early 2017.

    These companies have, however, not been fully functional owing to a myriad of factors including poor corporate governance.

    No doubt the African natural resources and mines company is the first major investment in the mining sector in more than two decades, but not the first mining company in Nigeria. The project will have a capacity of 5.4 metric tonnes per annum and will create 3,500 direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs if it actively starts to operate in 2022.

    Conclusion

    Findings have revealed the claim circulating on  WhatsApp asking Nigerians to apply for the vacancies in the multi-billion naira Iron ore mining company,  located in Gujeni, Kaduna State is true. The initiative is  intended to boost the  massive national workforce that is hoped to  resume operation by January 2022. Hence the claim is true. 

    The researcher produced this fact-check per the 2021 Kwame Karikari Fact-checking Fellowship partnership with JAY 101.9 FM Jos to facilitate the ethos of truth in journalism and enhance media literacy in the country.

  • Supplementary list claiming Nigerian Navy recruited 44 candidates from one geo-political zone is false

    Claim: An online medium published a supplementary list of the Nigerian Navy Recruitment  in 2020 claims  all 44 successful candidates are Northerners.

    This publication is false and misleading. The Nigerian Navy has debunked the list as fake.

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    Screenshot of the claim.

    The above is the headline and a screenshot of a news update from an online news platform – Sahara Reporters – on 12th July, 2021. The publication purported that candidates on the Nigerian Navy Supplementary List under the Buhari Government are all Northerners. How true is this?

    This claim is questionable as the Nigerian Navy had always ensured equal representation of all the regions in all its lists of successful candidates for its recruitments. 

    Verification

    Did the Nigerian Navy release a supplementary list?

    Dubawa searched the Nigerian Navy website, where it found the Nigerian Navy recruitment and enlistment portal. The portal announces the LIST OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES FOR THE NIGERIAN NAVY BASIC TRAINING SCHOOL BATCHES 31 AND 32 and presents an item list for shortlisted candidates as well as the list of names which was provided at the bottom of the page. The list was released in two batches as PDF files, titled batches 31 and 32.

    Further, Dubawa found that the lists published by the Nigerian Navy has candidates from all states and each PDF has 21 pages each. Batch 31  has 16 names from the FCT, 22 from Niger, 23 from Ondo and Taraba states while the remaining states have 24 names each. 852 names in total. Batch 32 has 851 names in all: FCT has  16 candidates, Niger and Ondo states – 22, Taraba – 23, Other states 24. 

    However, Dubawa  did not see a supplementary list on the Navy website and wondered why the list would not be published on the same platform that houses the original lists. Another thing worthy of question is why the Nigerian Navy would adopt different formats for the purported list.

    The arrangement and general outlook of the lists are different; Nigerian Navy made provision for three columns for names on the original lists published on its website (Surname, First name, other name(s)) while the list on the alleged supplementary list has  only two columns for names (Surname and First name). 

    A snapshot of the Nigerian Navy’s list.
    A snapshot of Sahara Reporters’ list.

    In additional search by Dubawa, it found a disclaimer  issued by the Naval Headquarters, distancing itself from the purported supplementary list. 

    Copy of the statement from the Nigerian Navy

    A call  to a reporter with Armed Forces radio  requested anonymity due to service rules. While addressing a question about the veracity of the purported supplementary list, she said a statement has already been issued through the Navy Director of Information, Suleman Dahun, referring to the statement  Dubawa has embedded above.

    Further Search by Dubawa showed that no credible media organization has published reports of any supplementary list of the successful candidates from one particular zone of the country. 

    Conclusion

    In contradiction to the claim that the Nigerian Navy released a supplementary list which contains 44 names from the north, Dubawa found that there is no such list as the Nigerian Navy has debunked the claim in a press statement. In addition to this, no credible media platform has published the news. Hence, this claim is false.

    The fact check was produced per Dubawa 2021  Kwame Karikari fellowship in partnership with National Orientation Agency (NOA) to facilitate the ethos of truth in journalism and enhance media literacy in the country.

  • Federal Civil Service Commission not recruiting as claimed in viral WhatsApp message

    Claim: A viral post on WhatsApp is asking Nigerians to apply for the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) vacancies via a website.

    The information circulating on WhatsApp that the FCSC is now recruiting, via a certain link, is false. The website is found to be fraudulent.

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    A viral post on WhatsApp claims the Federal Civil Service Commission is currently looking for candidates to fill vacant positions in some ministries and department agencies.

    The forward-as-received message attempts to direct readers to this website using a free URL shortener, bit.ly.

    The post reads: “FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION FCSC  RECRUITMENT VACCANCIES ANNOUNCEMENT.

    Application are hereby invited from suitable qualified candidates to fill the limited vacant position in the following ministries, department agencies

    >federal ministry of finance

    >federal ministry of information

    >the federal ministry of transport 

    >federal ministry of education

    > federal ministry of finance

    >federal ministry of power and work

    >federal ministry of science and technology

    > ministry of foreign affair

    >general for federation

    > ministry of trade and investment

    > Officer of the surveyor

    > officer of the auditor

    Apply Here

    https://bit.ly/apply-civil-servant-2021

    Note: For the avoidance of doubt, the completion/submission of applications is FREE and at no cost to applicants.

    Signed by:

     FOLASHADE MAJEBI

     Head of Nigeria Civil Servant.”

    A screenshot of the forwarded-as-received message

    After clicking the provided link, the user is directed to http://www.civil-service.xyz/, a page that request for the user’s information, announcing:

    “Federal government CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION VACANCIES ANNOUNCEMENT Applications are hereby invited from suitable qualified candidates to fill the limited vacant position in the following Ministries, Department and Agencies. APPLY NOW

    “This Federal Government Re-cruitment Program is Available to only NIGERIAN YOUTH So Far, 134101 Nigerians Have listed already. You Can Also Check Your Name Now. CHECK NOW and Follow Instructions.”

    To complete the registration, the user will have to provide full name, state, Gmail, password and phone number.

    Findings by Dubawa shows that the Federal Civil Service Commission of Nigeria (FCSC) is an executive body in Nigeria that has the authority to make appointments and transfers, and to exercise disciplinary control over all federal civil servants.

    The Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) is responsible for the following; representation of the civil service commissioners at senior staff committee meetings of ministries, review and approval of recommendations on disciplinary cases of senior officers, recruitment of senior officers, ratification of promotion of offices to senior positions, including conducting promotion interviews and exams, hearing appeals on matters of appointment, promotion and disciplines, providing guidelines on appointments, promotions and discipline.

    Verification

    Checks on the message showed that it contained grammatical error and irregular capitalisation of certain letters that cast doubts on its authenticity. Vacancies was wrongfully spelt as “Vaccancies”  When Dubawa accessed the website, the logo was similar to the FCSC logo.

    Dubawa provided a wrong name, state, gmail, phone number inorder to access the other pages of the form. 

    A screenshot of the landing page the website

    The second page reads: “congratulations You have been selected to benefit from the civil servant Re-cruitment from the Federal gorvernemnt. Answer the following questions to get credited immediately!

    1. What is your Qualification Status?
    2. What Is Your Marrital Status?
    3. Choose Your Age Range?

    A screenshot showing the cloned Facebook post

    This reporter was thereafter asked to share the information with 15 friends or five groups in order to get the application letter, a cloned Facebook post, which shows beneficiaries testifying on how real the project is, can also be seen.

    The notification reads: “After considering your answers, your application letter will be sent to your registered email -You will receive applicantion letter after the procedures, kindly click the “Invite Friends/Group” button below to share this information with 15 friends or 5 groups on WhatsApp so That They Can Aslo Benefit.

    “After sending the invitation, click the ” Proceed to get application letter” button:

    “Note: If you do not complete this step correctly, you will not get your application sent to you.”

    A screenshot of the page asking users to share information

    Further analysis using Domainbigdata, a web tool used to look for the website ownership information, showed that the website was created on June 26, 2021(Eight days old)with the IP geolocation United States, California, Emeryville.

    Dubawa, thereafter, checked the official website of FCSC, www.fedcivilservice.gov.ng, and the organisation’s social media handles to see if it posted anything on the vacancies, but found nothing.

    Dubawa contacted the agency via the website but is still awaiting a response.

    Dubawa also conducted a search on Folasade Majebi, the acclaimed Head of Nigeria Civil Servant, who purportedly signed the message but found nothing.

    FCSC recruitment process

    Further checks show that the commission debunked a similar claim in 2019 stating that it only advertises vacancies on newspapers and its website www.fedcivilservice.gov.ng

    According to an advertisement published by a news platform, Vanguard, in 2017, applicants are usually asked to submit their application via vacancy.fedcivilservice.gov.ng/ or send their application form in a sealed envelope stating the ministry, the post applied for and addressed to the Chairman, Federal Civil Service Commission, 4 Abidjan Street, Wuse Zone 3, Abuja.

    Conclusion

    The information circulating on WhatsApp that the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) is now recruiting via a certain link is false. The website is found to be fraudulent.

    The researcher produced this fact-check per the Dubawa 2021 Kwame KariKari Fellowship partnership with The Nigerian Tribune to facilitate the ethos of “truth” in journalism and enhance media literacy in the country.

  • Is it true Nigeria’s Customs Service has not recruited in the past 17 years?

    ClaimA report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), picked by some media outlets,  claims the Controller General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said the service has not recruited in the last 17years.

    The Nigerian Customs Service has denied not recruiting in the last 17 years, noting the recruitment gap that existed was long before Hameed Ali’s regime which is just six years old.

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    A news report titled “We can’t effectively police the borders with 15,000 officers” was Tweeted by The Cable, an online newspaper, with the caption that Hameed Ali, the Controller-General (CG) of Customs, said the service has not recruited in the past 17 years.

    On recruitment into the NCS, the CG said the service had not recruited in the past 17 years, adding that recruitment into the service was the prerogative of the president.”

    Screenshot of Twitter post by the Cable

    The report originated from the News Agency of Nigeria, a news wire.

    Verification

    Dubawa followed the link to the full story on Cable’s website to get more details. The report which noted this was an agency report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was published on March 5, 2021. 

    According to the NAN report, the CG made this claim at the presentation of the service’s 2021 budget, before the house committee on customs service, while noting the need for NCS to recruit officers as there is a gap in terms of officers currently in the service.

    Screenshot of the Cable’s report

    Dubawa conducted a keyword search which led to another report by the Guardian published on March 4, 2021, which quoted the CG as saying Nigeria’s border is extensive and porous. The story also has the claim that the service has not recruited in the past 17 years.

    Dubawa visited the NCS website to find more information but did not get any information on recruitment. However, Dubawa got the email address of the information unit of the service ([email protected]) which we emailed to inquire about the claim but no response has been received so far. 

    Dubawa also called the contact number available on the website and was asked to contact the Information Unit.

    Dubawa went ahead to speak with the National Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah, who said this claim is not true. Acknowledging there was a time the service had a recruitment gap, Mr Attah noted this was before Mr Ali’s regime as CG.

    The new controller general came on board in 2015 which means he has just spent  6 years in office which is far less than the number of years the report claimed recruitment has not been attempted in the service.

    “I am particularly surprised that this question is coming at a time we just rounded up our recruitment screening exercise across the country. It was held in Abuja, Kano, Owerri, Lagos and Bauchi. 

    Yes, there was time recruitment was not done but that was long, even before his regime anyway so that gap is identified and that is what efforts are on to address them.” 

    Excerpt of NCS PRO’s comment.

    Also, in 2019, the NCS in a statement by the Secretary, Nigerian Customs Board, announced it was set to recruit 3,200 personnel to fill positions in the agency.

    In 2021, reports by MyJobMag, RecruitmentGate, and Careersng, show an ongoing recruitment exercise by the service across the North West, North East, North Central, South East, South West and South-South.

    The list for 2021 recruitment can be found here

    Screenshot of Nigeria Customs shortlist.

    Although the PRO did not give specific dates of this recruitment which he said took place last week, the reports above show this was between March 1 to March 10, 2021.

    Speaking on the issues of shortage of officials which the CG said makes it hard to police the border appropriately, the PRO said it is not just the need for manpower but the need for technology.

    “The issue of policing the borders goes beyond the number of persons. Yes, manpower is an issue but working tools and as you these days you need more than human beings to police the border. Technology is invoked now in policing the international border. What 100 people can do, 5 or 10 people can do with very effective technology. Yes we understand that we need more manpower no doubt about that, we also need technology and that is what the government has addressed, the government just approved E-Customs which is end-end automation of the customs processes and procedures. Meaning that going forward, there will be non-intrusive equipment installed at all our entry points to help customs police the borders better.”

    Excerpt of NCS PRO’s commeThat 

    When asked what the current staff strength of the service was, he said it was around 15,000 but this will change after this recruitment.

    “Currently we are in the region of 15,000 plus. But don’t forget recruitment is going on now so, in the next one month, the figure I have given you will not be correct”.

    Excerpt of NCS PRO’s comment.

    Conclusion

    The Nigerian Customs Service has denied not recruiting in the last 17 years, noting the recruitment gap that existed was long before Hameed Ali’s regime which is just six years old.

    News reports also show recruitment in 2019 and 2021 which makes the claim misleading.

    EDITOR’s NOTE: This fact-check has been updated to reflect the original source as NAN and not TheCable.

  • WHO not recruiting as Facebook post claims

    Claim: A Facebook post claims the WHO is recruiting.

    The claim that the WHO is recruiting is false as the WHO has distanced itself from the website that made the claim and any recruitment activity.

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    A Facebook post by Recruitment Trust claims the World Health Organisation is recruiting with a link to access what it described as the “WHO Recruitment 2020 Form and Portal Registration”.

    The post, made on November 6, 2020, has been recirculated on Facebook. The post by Recruitment Trust has so far generated over 7,000 reactions, 478 comments and 472 shares.

    “World Health Organization (WHO) job recruitment Apply Now https://bit.ly.2XnJq1H

    Excerpt of the Facebook message.

    Screenshot of the Facebook post.

    Verification

    Dubawa first observed that the link provided did not contain the organisation’s names like all its official websites do. 

    Dubawa, however, went ahead to follow the link which led to another page with a pop-up message saying, “Hi! Hey! We’re Hiring Now! Are you looking for a job?” This message also gives two options to answer Yes or No.

    After closing the pop-up message, different jobs were listed at different points from August 19, 2020, to January 8. Positions listed include: National consultant, programme management officer, external relations/resources mobilization (EXR) officer, etc.

    Screenshots of the Website linked to the Facebook post.

    When Dubawa visited the page again using the same link, an error message was displayed, saying it was a bad gateway. This also questions the credibility of the site.

    Error message displayed on the recruitment page.

    Dubawa also reached out to its partners at the WHO who denied having anything to do with such recruitment or the website.  “We have no relation with this website,” the organisation said.

    Conclusion

    The claim that the WHO is recruiting is false and misleading as the organisation has denied any recruitment activity and distanced itself from the website that made the claim.

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