CLAIM: A message on the popular messaging app WhatsApp with the claim the ‘‘Nigerian government announces mass recruitment’’ has gone viral again, between August 31st and September 7th 2019. It previously went viral in September 2017. This time, it is being shared vigorously to target young unemployed Nigerians. The message claimed the Federal Civil Service Commission of Nigeria (FCSC) on Thursday announced nationwide recruitment into various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). The viral message also claimed the recruitment is into 5 Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
The message asked applicants to submit their applications in a sealed envelope clearly stating the Ministry, the post applied for and addressed to the: Hon. Chairman, Federal Civil Service Commission, 4 Abidjan Street, Wuse Zone 3, Abuja.
FACT: CDD can categorically say that it is false. The last time the Federal Civil Service Commission of Nigeria advertised for recruitment was on July 12th 2019 and it was to fill the following positions: Director (Surveyor), Deputy Director (Surveyor), Assistant Director (Surveyor) and not a general recruitment as being speculated by the message.
A check on the Commissions website shows that the last time the Commission advertised for recruitment was in July this year and the vacancies lasted for only 3 weeks from the day of publication which was August 5th 2019.
A simple online search of the headline also shows that the exact message have been shared by various news blogs since 2017 with only the exemption of ‘Thursday’. The most widely cited being Daily Post Nigeria’s post which has been referenced by other blogs as source. It was posted on December 7th, 2017. A similar story was posted by HotjobsNg on the same date but quoted NTA as the source. A click on the link provided by Hotjobsng shows NTA had deleted the post.
All efforts to reach the Office of the Head of Service proved unsuccessful as the phones provided on the website were non-responsive.
The news that the Nigerian Government is currently conducting a mass recruitment through the Federal Civil Service is FALSE. The last time the FCSC advertised vacancies, it was for 3 positions which has since elapsed.