The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC, has shortlisted 5,000 out of the nearly 1.5 million Nigerians who applied for available vacancies.
When the application portal was opened in 2019, about 1, 477, 042 applied for various spots but using a set of criteria, the figure was later pruned to 217,000 in March 2020 and then 53,116 in December 2020. Sometime in 2022, the figure was again reduced to 6,500 before a final screening was down to arrive at the target 5, 000.
Commandant General of the Corps, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi who was flanked by the Secretary and Director of the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Correctional Services Board CDFICB, Mrs Aisha Rufai, at a media parley in Abuja, said accreditation and documentation are to begin on January 31, 2022.
“Out of this figure, the board requested for an update of applicants’ information in March 2020 and out of which 217, 000 responded. Then in December 2020, 53,116 out of the 217,000 applicants were the numbers that were obtained as a result of the updated records of information.”
“These numbers were invited to sit for examinations organized by JAMB. It was a computer based aptitude test.”
“After the examination, 6,500 applicants were shortlisted for screening and certificate verification. Since it is a process, now the process has been concluded, the results are about to be released.”
Also speaking, Mrs Rufai allayed the anxiety of Nigerians that the recruitment process was stopped, saying the only hindrance was the COVID-19 pandemic.
She said a total of 5,000 applicants will begin actual accreditations on January 31, adding that applicants can begin to check their status on the board’s website as from January 17.
“After the shortlisting of 6,500 applicants whose certificates were verified and were also screened physically, the 5,000 that are to be recruited were shortlisted as successful. So, this is the stage that we are. And the accreditation of the 5,000 successful applicants is going to start from today.”
“The board is hereby asking applicants, that is the 5,000 that were successful, to please visit https://nscdc.gov.ng/ or visit https://nscdc.gov.ng/nscdc-careers/ the same site that they applied to check if their names are there. Their checking will start from Monday 17 January, 2022.
“We are now giving 72 hours for this notice to reach the public. The actual accreditation will start from January 31, 2022. For those that are successful, the moment they access the portal they will receive their letters. But those that are not successful, that will be the 1,500 out of those that were physically screened and certificate verified and didn’t make it, will not be able to access the portal.”
“Do not panic. If you were successful you would be able to access the portal. Then you will see a letter addressed to you. Each letter will carry individual information and that letter will specify the date you are coming for accreditation and even the time. So, we wouldn’t have 5,000 people rushing to our venue, your letter is coded it has your name and information and when you access it, it will tell you when to come to the headquarters for screening. We don’t expect everybody to come on the same day, it will be done over a period of time”.
“In the invitation letter will be specified what you are supposed to come with, but most importantly the applicants are expected to come with original copies of their credentials as well as photocopies, because files will be opened for them and they will be screened again. They will also be prepared for salary as well as captured,” she explained.
Rufai warned applicants who were not shortlisted not to come to the headquarters, explaining that every applicant who comes at a particular day and time has a slot.