How Nigerian Customs Service Withdrew Recruitment Letter From Female Applicant Over ‘Irrelevant Certificate

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A young woman, Akpevwe Ebresafe, has recounted how officials of the Nigerian Customs Service denied her a job opportunity which she claimed she was qualified for.



Ebredafe told SaharaReporters that she had passed through different stages of screening before she was later called for an acceptance letter at the Nigerian Customs Service office in Abuja.


She had applied for the position of a General Duty CUSTOM ASSISTANT CADRE II (CONSOL 03). NCS/C03/858948, which she claimed required a minimum of Junior Secondary Certificate Examination, JSCE.


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It was also gathered that Ebresafe had passed a screening which was done for her in Owerri before she was notified to visit the Abuja office for her acceptance letter.

But the story changed when she got to the Abuja office where her letter was subsequently withdrawn because of a senior secondary school certificate.

The native of Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State also told SaharaReporters that the officials claimed she did not have a Senior Secondary School Examination Certificate and so could not be recruited for an application that required only JSCE.

She said, “After they gave me my serial number, I went inside and I was given an acceptance letter with a duplicate copy on which I wrote “Original Copy received by me Apevkwe Ebresafe” with date and signature. I went to the other man and he requested for my documents which I handed over to him.

“He also asked for my SSCE and I told him I did not have that and he said I should wait that he would need to show their madam. He went to their madam and then she asked about my SSCE. I told her I did not have it. She asked further about where I did my screening and I told her Owerri.

“She also asked for the position I applied for and I said General duty and she said; how am I qualified for the position? Then she said I should reapply again next time that I was not qualified for the position I applied for.”

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