Applicants to the Nigerian Customs and Civil Defense protest in Abuja,The board placed a job posting on the NIS employment site on February 18, 2023 for the hiring of 5000 persons to cover the positions of junior staff and senior staff, which ranged in level from level 3 to level 7.

    In a demonstration on Monday at the board office in Abuja, candidates for the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) and the Nigerian Custom Service (NIS) recruitment programs run by the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB) from all over the nation demanded the immediate release of the list of successful candidates and an investigation into the recruitment process.

    According to the protesting applicants, the CDCFIB board published a recruitment advertisement on the NSCDC recruitment portal on December 12, 2022, stating that 5000 people would be hired to fill junior staff positions from level 3 to level 7, and on February 18, 2023, the board published a similar advertisement on the NIS recruitment portal, stating that 5000 people would be hired to fill junior staff and senior staff positions.

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    They claimed that on May 15, 2023, the board shortlisted a number of applicants for the NSCDC and NIS Computer Based Test (CBT), and that on May 18, 2023, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), after thousands of applicants had been rejected, administered the CBT test to all applicants nationwide.

    Many applicants were instructed to write the CBT examination in their home state, and one applicant told SaharaReporters that “according to some findings, we discovered that states had screened out a lot of ineligible applicants because on the day of the CBT, we were few in each state.”

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    According to the candidate who requested anonymity, “Everyone was hopeful to meet the next stage considering the low eligible applicants who were given the opportunity to meet up to the CBT screening,” after the CBT screening.”We did not see transparency from the CBT because names that were pasted were not above 1,800 candidates from some states while some had lower than that number shortlisted for the CBT screening for both NSCDC and NIS,” the statement reads.

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    On June 11, he claimed, candidates were shortlisted for physical screening, which was divided into six geopolitical zones for both NSCDC and NIS. The NSCDC physical screening centers were Abeokuta in Ogun state, Kaduna in Kaduna state, and Enugu in Enugu state, while the NIS physical screening centers were Ibadan in Oyo state, Bauchi in Bauchi state, and Benin City in Edo state.

    “Although there was a phase before the CBT screening, some applicants were screened out due to age, and others were screened out because their results were not up to the terms of the recruitment, the transparency we all expected became otherwise after the physical screening,” he stated.

    “We expected the final list for documentation to be released by July 11 as stated in the timetable and we all hoped that at least 85% of the applicants would be given the job, but we have not seen the list of successfully shortlisted applicants and we see this as cheating and nepotism of the highest order,” the applicant said. “The physical screening lasted for two weeks from June 14 until June 28.”

    “We are here to beg the board to release our list because documentation will end on September 4th and we heard that those receiving appointment letters are those who did not take the exams or the physical training while we who risked our lives and went to the exams and the physical training and borrowed money to attend the training and the exams have not received anything.

    “Some people claim to have a godfather, but we don’t,” someone said. We have a right to the work because we are Nigerians. We implore the President to investigate this matter.The Deputy Secretary of the CDCFIB addressed the protesting applicants and pleaded with them to be calm because the board had received their complaint and would be looking into it.

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