The phony recruitment portal that was allegedly built by the National Population Commission (NPC) has drawn the attention of authorities.
Dr. Isiaka Yahaya, Director of Public Affairs for the NPC, stated in a statement on Monday that Nigerians have been invited to apply for jobs for the Trial Census and the 2023 Census using a fraudulent website called “NPC Recruitment 2022/2023.”
The declaration says, in part: “The National Population Commission has been made aware of the spread on social media of a fraudulent “NPC Recruitment 2022/2023” portal that solicits applications from Nigerians for positions with the Trial Census and the 2023 Census.
“The Commission wishes to state that this information is totally false and misleading, and should therefore be treated as a scam by fraudsters to swindle unsuspecting members of the public, particularly job applicants.
“The Commission disassociates itself from the portal and reiterates the fact that its recruitment portal for the on-going Trial Census is no longer active and was shut down the moment the Commission concluded its recruitment process for the exercise.
“It will be recalled that on the 30th May, 2022, the Commission announced through its social media platforms and also widely reported on other national mainstream media the opening of an e-recruitment portal https://recruitment.adhoctrial.nationalpopulation.gov.ng for the recruitment of ad-hoc staff for the Trial Census exercise nationwide.
“The recruitment of the 14,461 field functionaries has been concluded and the Trial census commenced on 27th June, 2022.
“The Commission wishes to assure Nigerians of its commitment to transparency in the conduct of all activities related to the conduct of the 2023 Census, including recruitment of ad- hoc staff.
“All communication on issues relating to the Commission will be disseminated through its official platforms which include media advertisements, NPC website and verified social media platforms.”
Yahaya said the Commission is taking every measure to uncover those behind the fraudulent recruitment site, warning scammers to desist from “this inglorious act as the Commission will not hesitate to bring the full weight of the law to bear on perpetrators in its quest to conduct the first fully digital Population and Housing Census in Nigeria next year that will be credible and acceptable.”