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NCS blames COVID-19 for suspended recruitment exercise

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THE Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has said the coronavirus pandemic has temporarily halted its recruitment exercise.

The NCS spokesperson, Mr Joseph said that the Service has put the exercise on suspension and that no one should discuss it anymore  It would be recalled that the NCS had on April 17, 2019, opened its portal for the recruitment of 3,200 officers, but nearly one year and one month afterwards, the exercise has not been concluded.
Candidates who applied for the job have lamented the delay since the exercise began alleging secret recruitment and corruption in the process, but NCS has since been debunked the involvement of corruption or secret enlistment allegations in the recruitment process.

Recall also that a retired Assistant Comptroller General of Customs, who is also a current member of the Senate, Francis Fadahunsi, had described the recruitment into the NCS as a monumental fraud.

Fadahunsi had accused the Comptroller General of the NCS, Hammed Ali, of superintending a lopsided and illicit recruitment exercise, alleging that the Customs boss was using N1.6 billion for the recruitment of just 3,200 new officers.

He further alleged that the customs boss deliberately outsourced the process of recruitment and training, as there the agency has the requisite facility to carry out the exercise.

However, Attah explained why the Service delayed the recruitment process, blamed the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic for the delay, stating that the service would have completed the recruitment process if not for the outbreak of the pandemic.

He also expressed uncertainty as to when the service will finally execute the recruitment exercise.

According to him, “the COVID 19 has affected everybody, every organisation and even our person-to-person relationship; when there is a global situation such as this, it will naturally affect our plans. The recruitment exercise is a situation that requires a future answer which is in the hand of God, By now we shouldn’t be talking about recruitment”.

Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Nigeria Customs Service said it had shortlisted 162,399, out of 8238,333 candidates for an aptitude test as part of its recruitment exercise which began in 2019.

The shortlisted candidates represent 19.6 per cent of the total number that applied for the recruitment exercise.

And the Customs spokesperson said on Friday, he can only say they could not release names of people for the interview, because of COVID-19 and “ you know that’s the reason”.

Fatimah Oyesanmi

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