On November 19th 2012, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, called for applications from suitably qualified applicants for various positions in the commission on grade levels 07,08 and 09.
As is expected, the commission’s website received torrents of applications from Nigerians to fill only 1,500 available job slots in the commission. A source puts the applications so far received at over 800,000.
Going by the academic requirements for the advertized positions, applicants with first degrees, Higher National Diplomas and National Certificate of Education (NCE) were invited to submit applications. However, the commission got more than it bargained for as several PhD and Master’s Degree holders also applied for the available ‘mid-level’ jobs.
According to an INEC official who decried the level of unemployment in the country, “In the first week alone, we had about 300,000 applications. We were alarmed. In fact there are PhD holders among the applicants; some of them have two master’s degrees. That is a reflection of the job situation in the country,” the source lamented