Customs Recruitment Exercise: Only 4 Candidates Per LG Would Be Employed, Reps Insist

Customs Recruitment Exercise: Only 4 Candidates Per LG Would Be Employed, Reps Insist

  • The Nigeria Customs Service had earlier announced the commencement of applications for the 2021 Customs recruitment exercise
  • Recently, the house of representatives committee on customs and excise raised concern over pressure from constituents on the ongoing recruitment
  • Following this move, the lawmakers disclosed that each local government area is entitled to four candidates in order to ensure fairness and equality

Abuja- The chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Customs, Leke Abejide revealed recently that only four eligible candidates would be employed from each of the 774 local government areas into the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in the ongoing recruitment.

The chairman made this known at a press briefing on Friday, December 17, in Abuja.

Leadership reports that Abejide, who said many Nigerians had been calling members of the House for assistance, noted that the exercise was a sequel to the existing vacancies in some cadres on NCS, adding that it was not general recruitment.

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The lawmaker said the NCS would not recruit beyond the given number.

Customs recruitment exercise: Only 4 candidates per LG would be employed, says Reps
The House of Representatives wants the exercise to be free, fair and credible. Photo credit: Nigerian Senate, Nigeria Customs Service
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He said:

“The last exercise conducted, I received a lot of threats from Nigerians and some of them were threatening to even take NCS to court."

According to him, each local government area is entitled to four candidates in order to ensure fairness and equality across local government areas.

Abejide decried the level of pressure being mounted on members of the House to lobby for slots on their behalf, stressing that the amount of pressure necessitated the press briefing to correct some erroneous insinuations.

He urged Nigerians, especially those interested in applying for NCS jobs, to find out the cadres that exist in their LGAs.

He said the House was working on a bill to reform NCS, adding that it would repeal and re-enact the law to enable it to recruit massively.

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According to him, the NCS ought to have 30,000 personnel but that currently, it has about 15,000 personnel, adding that the number was grossly inadequate.

He added:

“Once the bill is ready and if it becomes law, many of our youth will be recruited."

Nigeria customs speaks as fake auctions, recruitment flood social media

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that NCS warned the general public against the activities of internet fraudsters running fake recruitment and auctions.

The NCS in a statement released by its spokesman, Joseph Attah, and sighted by said its attention has been drawn to the proliferation of fake social media accounts impersonating senior customs officers to publicise fake auctions and recruitment exercises.

The statement noted that the miscreants behind the illegal activities are now using false testimonies by supposed beneficiaries of the auctions thanking senior customs officers for their alleged facilitation.

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Customs intercepts commercial bus loaded with hundreds of pump-action gun cartridges

In another report, no fewer than 550 pump action gun cartridges were intercepted in a commercial bus around Adikpo Junction, Benue state.

It was reported that the bust was made by operatives of the Joint Border Patrol Team Sector 3, North Central Zone of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

Comptroller Olugboyega Peters, the coordinator of the team disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara state.


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