The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) is now in the process of pruning down to a manageable level 400,000 Nigerians who applied for employment into just less than 200 jobs which the Commission advertised in 2020.
A statement today, August 26 by the spokesman of Commission, Mrs. Azuka Ogugua confirmed that for a recruitment approval for less than 200 officers, the Commission received almost 400,000 applications from Nigerians.
“Subsequent to COVID-19 pandemic, government suspended the process.”
The statement said that in mid 2021, the Commission obtained approval to complete the process, saying that in order to give every applicant a fair chance and at the same time get the best, ICPC decided to apply online tests to prune down the number of applicants, using international best practices.
It said that through the service of a recruitment consultant, the Commission has so far conducted a number of rounds of on-line tests, including some repeat tests to accommodate numerous complaints of non-receipt of notification of tests emails, spam of notification emails, complaints of timing-out of test portal, non-submission of fully completed or half completed tests, loss of access to registered email address of applicants, forgotten passwords, and so on.
“Applicants with further complaints are advised to forward them to email@example.com.
The Commission at extra cost decided to notify applicants by SMS of the dates of tests and advisory that they should check their mails and spam folders for the test email.
“Following this step, only successful applicants – including those with specialized skills that are shortlisted will be further invited for follow up tests, which may be virtual or physical with effect from September, 2021.
“The pruning down process will continue until the Commission arrives at a manageable number of qualified applicants that may be further processed by one on one interviews, certificate verification, health certification, character profiling and other assessments befitting of a law enforcement agency.
“Applicants and the general public are therefore advised to bear with the Commission in this process.”
The statement wanted applicants to take note that the entire process is at no cost to them and asked that they should report all requests for money or promises of facilitation to the Commission through firstname.lastname@example.org or call ICPC on toll free line number 0800 2255 4272 or 0803-123-0280, 0803-123-0281, 0705-699-0190 and 0705-699-0191.