The unfortunate situation of Nigerians in the labour market came to the fore again when it was revealed that no fewer than 6,000 applicants have applied for 295 vacancies at the headquarters of the North Western District of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Minna, Niger State.
The NRC District Public Relations Officer, Mr, Sheriff Razaq, who made this known while speaking with journalists in Minna, stated that the district would shortlist the names of qualified candidates soon, while the date of the interview would be communicated to them.
“We have received 6,000 applications for 295 job vacancies advertised,” he said.
The spokesman said successful candidates in the interview would be posted to Niger, Kaduna and Kwara States, which are all under the district.
Giving a breakdown of the 295 vacancies, Mr. Razaq said the operations and commercial department of the corporation would absorb 82 new staff with a minimum qualification of secondary school certificate and maximum qualification of National Diploma.
The administrative department of the corporation would employ 10 new staff with minimum of secondary school certificate and maximum of National Diploma certificate as qualifications.
28 new workers with minimum of Trade Test and maximum of National Diploma as qualifications, according to the spokesman, would be absorbed into the Signal and Telecommunication Department.
Likewise, the Mechanical Engineering Department of the corporation would get 15 new staff with minimum qualification of Trade Test and maximum qualification of National Diploma certificates.
He also said the Civil Engineering Department would engage 160 new staff with minimum qualification of primary school certificate and maximum qualification of secondary school certificate.