DAILY COURIER – The National Population Commission (NPC) has alerted the general public to the existence of a fake recruitment portal.
Describing the portal as a scam, the NPC urged the public to ignore the information it was peddling on social media.
The Commission had in May, 2022, announced the recruitment of field functionaries, as ad-hoc staff for the Trial Census exercise nationwide.
Denouncing the fake portal on Monday, the NPC, in a statement by its Directorof Public Affairs, Isiaka Yahaya, said the recruitment of the 14, 461 field functionaries, had been concluded and the trial census commenced on June 27, 2022.
He said the NPC would take adequate measures to uncover those behind the fraudulent recruitment site.
The statement read: “The attention of the National Population Commission has been drawn to the circulation on social media platforms of a fake ‘NPC Recruitment 2022/2023’ portal, inviting Nigerians to apply for employment for the Trial Census and the 2023 Census.
“The Commission wishes to state that this information is totally false and misleading. It should, therefore, be treated as a scam by fraudsters plotting 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itself from the portal and reiterates the fact that its recruitment portal for the on-going Trial Census is no longer active and was shut down the moment the Commission concluded its recruitment process for the exercise.
“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.
“Similarly, scammers are warned 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.”