Nigeria Customs Service has said that, it is set to release the names of successful candidates for final screening in the delayed recruitment exercise.
The Customs had claimed that the exercise was stalled following the outbreak of corona virus (covid-19) early 2020. This was after thousands of Nigerian youths had written the aptitude test.
In a statement issued on Thursday and signed by Customs spokesperson, Mr Joseph Attah, the service said the delay was regretted.
“Regrettably, the delay caused anxiety for the applicants, parents/guardians and indeed some members of the public who even went into overdrive with various allegations that tended to question the integrity of the exercise”, it stated.
“For the avoidance of doubt, recruitment into Nigeria Customs Service is and will remain strictly based on merit and principle of Federal Character, with every Local Government of the federation appropriately represented. Since the Service does not know when the ravaging covid-19 will end, Management has decided to forge ahead with the exercise while strictly adhering to the protocols”
“Already a total of 3,500 successful candidates have been shortlisted and will be published in three (3) national dailies ie Sun, Daily Trust and Nation newspapers on Friday 12th February 2021”, it said.
The statement however added that, “in the interest of safety, screening will be held on zonal bases with the dates staggered according to grade levels and time allotted to states”.
“The whole idea is to get the recruitment exercise concluded without exposing the candidate to unnecessary risks. Only shortlisted candidates should go to the screening venue. NCS therefore urges all candidates who will be coming for this screening to study the instructions and abide strictly to avoid instant disqualification and immediate eviction from the venue”, the statement advised.