About 700, 000 persons have applied for 500 job slots advertised by the Federal Inland Revenue Service.
The Chairman of the service, Mr. Tunde Fowler, made the disclosure on Wednesday., November 11, 2016 when he appeared before the House of Representatives’ Committee on Public Petition in Abuja .
Recall that the Federal Government had stated that about 200,000 out of 500,000 unemployed graduates will get jobs before the end of October.
The alarming number of applicants has aroused doubts as to whether the Federal Government really kept to their word as the rate of unemployment in the country appears to have skyrocketed.
Some applicants had in a petition accused the service of excluding them from the employment processes which propelled the appearance of the FIRS boss’ at the lower chamber.
Fowler said that out of the 700,000 applicants more than 2,000 had first class degrees in various disciplines and were qualified to be engaged by the FIRS.
He added that the exercise was designed to increase manpower for tax revenue collection and expand the country’s revenue base.
He assured the lawmakers that the organisation would ensure fairness and due process in the recruitment process.
“We have secured waiver and endorsement from the Federal Character Commission in order to ensure that the right thing is done,” he said.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the House committee, Mr. Nkem Abonta, directed Fowler to submit to the committee the service’s nominal roll to assist it in arriving at a decision.
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