Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has stated the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic caused a long delay in releasing the names of the successful candidates in its recruitment exercise in 2020 for final screening.
The Service however said it is now ready with the result as the names of a total of 3,500 successful candidates have now been shortlisted and be published in three national dailies, namely Sun, Daily Trust and Nation newspapers today, Friday 12th February 2021.
Deputy Comptroller Joseph Attah, Public Relations Officer of the Service confirmed this in a statement, noting the delay caused anxiety for the applicants, parents/guardians and indeed some members of the public who even went into overdrive with various allegations that tended to question the integrity of the exercise.
He however pointed out that for the avoidance of doubt, recruitment into Nigeria Customs Service is and will remain strictly based on merit and principle of Federal Character, with every Local Government of the federation appropriately represented.
Attah said since the Service does not know when the ravaging covid-19 will end, Management has decided to forge ahead with the exercise while strictly adhering to the protocols.
He disclosed that in the interest of safety, the screening will be held on zonal bases with the dates staggered according to grade levels and time allotted to states adding that the whole idea is to get the recruitment exercise concluded without exposing the candidate to unnecessary risks.
The PRO advised that only shortlisted candidates should go to the screening venue, urging all candidates who will be coming for this screening to study the instructions and abide strictly to avoid instant disqualification and immediate eviction from the venue.
NCS called on the public to be mindful of fraudsters who will see the invitation for screening as another opportunity to distort and misinform desperate job seekers, saying that any source other than the Service known platforms, vis-à-vis www.customs.gov.ng, www.facebook.com/customsng, TV and Radio, especially those funny sources, that will eventually request payment of money should be ignored.
He stated that the NCS recruitment process requires no monetary payment of any kind, appreciating the patient wait of Nigerians as a result of the covid-19 disruption.