Year in year out, job-seeking Nigerians complain about the high level of corruption which takes place whenever there is recruitment into the Civil Service. No one seems to be concerned. As a matter of fact, those in high places, who could have stemmed this unfortunate trend, seem to have their hands soiled in the whole mess, being, themselves, right in the centre of it all.
Besides the inadequate organization of such recruitment processes, such as poor web services (for online application processes) and hoarding (and subsequent sales) of application forms (for jobs which require physically obtaining and filling of forms), one the most lucrative of these corrupt practices is the direct sales of jobs to jobseekers. This is a situation whereby recruitment personnel in government recruitment agencies obtain cash from the jobseekers in exchange for a place.
The latest of such practices is that which has hit the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS). According to investigations there are syndicates, most of them operating through the internet. One of such syndicates operate about three Facebook accounts in the name of the Comptroller-General (CG) of Customs through which many Nigerians have been duped for job and contracts. These crooks obtain money between N50, 000 and N300, 000 from their victims.
Meanwhile, NCS spokesperson, Superintendent Joseph Attah, has said that “the leadership of the service had ordered investigations which led to the discovery of huge fraud by the syndicates. Some members of the syndicates are already in detention and have made useful statements, while other leads are still being trailed by the service.” He, however, did not make mention of the involvement of any member of the Nigerian Customs Service with any of the syndicates.