The Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside, has advised members of the public that they should beware of fraudsters as the agency is not recruiting at the moment.
This is contained in a statement by the Head, Corporate Communication of NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka, on Saturday in Lagos, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
“We urge members of the public to disregard the activities of unscrupulous elements who are bent in defrauding them of their hard-earned resources under the guise of engaging on a recruitment exercise for NIMASA.’’
The DG also described an online platform claiming that the agency had floated a scholarship programme tagged “NIMASA Scholarship 2016/2017’’ as fraudulent.
Peterside said that: “As a public institution committed to the rule of law and best practices, NIMASA has standard procedures for communicating its activities and will not request money from would-be candidates as the fraudsters are doing.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the agency will always communicate its programmes and projects through well-known channels of the media, its website and the social media,’’ he added.
Peterside, who regretted the negative impact of the activities of the fraudsters, warned that the NIMASA in collaboration with security agencies had launched an investigation into the matter, adding that those behind the fraud must face the full wrath of the law.
NAN reports that the agency urged the public to contact it for clarification of issues on twitter at @nimasaofficial, facebook at facebook.com/nimasaofficial and email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.