PETITION TO STOP THE NIGERIA CUSTOMS SERVICE SUPPLEMENTARY RECRUITMENT SCHEDULED TO BEGIN ON 13TH OF DECEMBER THROUGH TO 20TH DECEMBER, 2021.

We the undersigned petitioners are well meaning citizens of Nigeria by virtue of the provision of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria.


We are the alienated applicants in the ongoing Nigeria Customs Service recruitment.


That on Tuesday 16th of April 2019, the Nigeria Customs Service published on the DailyTrust newspaper (see appendix 1 - 3) to the general public the announcement to undertake the recruitment of a total of 3200 (three thousand two hundred) officers across various advertised cadres to fill the existing vacancies in the service.


That we the undersigned petitioners duly applied to the Nigeria Customs Service through her online recruitment portal http://www.vacancy.customs.gov.ng for enlistment across the various advertised cadres and descipline in the service.


That on the Monday 13th of January 2020, the Nigeria Customs Service announced on the DailyTrust newspaper (see appendix 4 - 6) the shortlist of 162,399 applicants to sit for the computer based aptitude test.


That we the undersigned petitioners received text messages and e-mails from the service inviting us to proceed to the online aptitude test across different venues which were set in the discretion of the Nigeria Customs Service.


That we the undersigned petitioners traveled to our designated exam venues as assigned us by the Nigeria Customs Service, and that we successfully sat the exam.


That on Friday 12th of February 2021, the Nigeria Customs Service published on page 13 of DailyTrust newspaper (see appendix 7 - 16) a number of 3500 candidates in the merit list who are to proceed for final screening which comprised verification of documents, medicals, and physical fitness.


That a good number of we, the undersigned petitioners saw our names in the final list which was published in the national dailies (see appendix 7 - 16), and that we proceeded to our designated screening venues as assigned us by the Nigeria Customs Service.


That we underwent the final screening which comprised verification of documents, medicals and physical fitness, and that we tendered our documents to the screening officer who established the genuity of our documents, and that the screening officer opened files on our behalves which contained copies of the documents we tendered, which was retained in their possession, and that the screening officer recommended us to proceed for medicals, and that our medical results were successful, and that the screening officer recommended us to proceed for physical fitness on the next day, that on the second day of the exercise we all did at least 3km (three kilometers) jogging. That upon completion, the screening officer found us satisfactory to be enlisted into the service, that they congratulated and assured us we are 99% into the service. That the screening officer demised us, to be communicated on the next stage of the process.


That on Friday 16th of July 2021, the Nigeria Customs Service published on page 25 of DailyTrust newspaper (see appendix 17 - 23) a list comprising the names of 2800 candidates which they termed supplementary list.

That we established the supplementary list comprised a mix of few names from the earlier published list of February 2021 (see appendix) and the names of fresh candidates. And that the Nigeria Customs Service proceeded to repeating the process of the final screening of February 2021 on the 2800 candidates of the supplementary list on the month of August 2021.


That on Monday 1st of November 2021, the Nigeria Customs Service published on page 33 of DailyTrust newspaper (see appendix 24 - 34) the final list comprising of the names of 1543 candidates.


That on the same publication of November 2021, the Nigeria Customs Service announced her intention to open to the general public the service recruitment portal for "supplementary recruitment" on the 13th to 24th December 2021.


We the undersigned petitioners are aggrieved because:


The final list comprising the names of 1543 candidates does not correlate with the 3200 existing vacancies which they had announced on Tuesday 16th of April 2019 (see appendix).


We can not establish the legitimacy and purpose of a "supplementary recruitment" while an overwhelming number of us who successfully underwent the final screening exercise are left abandoned.


We successfully underwent all the stages of the recruitment process, and we have heard no word from the service as promised us by the screening officer.


We have waited patiently for the 3 years that this recruitment process lingered. And we religiously gave in the totality of our strengths, time and efforts.


For the 3 years that the recruitment lingered, our lives seemed to be on hold, with all our expectations high on the service, in testament to the risen hopes we were given by the screening officer when he assured us we were 99% into the service.


We were stranded for days in places we had no relations or families, because the Nigeria Customs Service had fixed venues for various exercises in the discretion. Some of us slept on the streets, in motor parks and outside screening venues, exposed to various degrees of hazards while waiting to complete the exercise on every stage of the process.


We pray His Excellency to:


Use his good office to stop the Nigeria Customs Service from carrying on with the "supplementary recruitment" which has been scheduled to hold on the 13th to 24th December 2021.


Use his good office to query the 3 year old Nigeria Customs Service recruitment which have lingered from the month of April 2019 till date.


Use his good office to ensure that we the undersigned petitioners get justice in the Nigeria Customs Service recruitment.


Use his good office to protect us the undersigned petitioners from any further alienation from the service cumulating from our guts to raise this petition to question the merit of the recruitment process.


Use his good office to sue for equity and fairness from the service for every citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria irrespective of tribe, religion or social status.


Use his good office if applicable to invite a delegation of we the undersigned petitioners for briefing and cordial understanding with the Nigeria Customs Service and the Senate Committee on Customs.


God bless His excellency, the members of the National Assembly, and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


We anticipate in good spirit, the prompt intervention of the National Assembly.


One Nigeria, One people, One Nation.

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