Thursday, May 30Nigeria's Authoritative Maritime News Magazine


Comptroller General of Nigeria Custom Colonel Hameed Ibrahim Ali

Are you job hunting? Do you want to serve in the Nigeria Customs Service? Then your prayers are answered if only you are ready to cough out N1.1m gratification to a secret recruitment syndicate now holding sway at the Customs Headquarters in Abuja.

Shipping World investigations revealed that bribes to secure plum postings to commands such as Onne, Apapa, Tin can, PTML and Airport Commands, also attract various sums ranging between N300,000 and N500,000.00. The source who confided with Shipping World on condition of anonymity explained thus, ” My friend and i have been job hunting when this offer of N1.1m for an Assistant Superintendent of Customs came. My friend was able to meet the requirement. She was offered the job last month and currently serves at Tin Can Island command. I lost out because i could mop up just N350,000″, the source further revealed.

The source further explained: ” Payment for civil Service jobs is not anything new, especially in Abuja. Another friend of mine recently got a job at a Federal Ministry after paying N700,000. I have deposited N350,000 with my vendor and with a pledge to pay the balance N350,000 for a job at a Federal Ministry.

In April last year, the Nigeria Customs Service invited applicants for 5,000 openings cutting across various cadres and disciplines. But more than one year after, the Service has been silent on the outcome of the recruitment exercise.

Reacting to the development, National Publicity Relations Officer of the Service, Joseph Attah, said there was no iota of truth about the illegal recruitment saga. He denied that there was no such thing as secret recruitment in the NCS and that members of the public should discountenance the report.