The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Monday said it was preparing to conduct an aptitude test for 162,399 candidates out of 828,333 that applied to fill in the 3,200 job vacancies it advertised in April 2019.
The Public Relations Officer of Customs, Joseph Attah, a Deputy Controller, who made the disclosure in a statement, also regretted what he revealed to be “disturbing attempts by internet fraudsters to hack and discredit the recruitment process”.
According to him, “the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ibrahim Ali, has expressed dismay over the criminal activities of these elements and gave assurances of his determination to preside over a recruitment process that will be credible, transparent and smooth from the beginning to the end.
“In-line with our earlier stated guideline, those shortlisted are being notified via their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers.
“Consequently, all those notified will do their aptitude tests at a date and centre indicated in their respective notification slips, they are expected to print from their e-mail account.”
Attah noted that the NCS recruitment process requires no monetary payment.
“Hence, any such request from any quarter should be regarded as fraudulent and ignored.
“All short-listed candidates coming to the centres are to come along with the notification slips and identity card. They are to be in their best behaviours and comply with all instructions during the aptitude tests as doing the contrary could lead to instant disqualification,” he added.
The Customs online recruitment portal was unveiled on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 and was closed three weeks later.
Out of 828,333 candidates that applied online, 524,315 candidates successfully completed the process while 156,948 registered on the portal but failed to complete the process.