Rivers 5000 Jobs: Applicants Allege Extortion

….As Govt Denies

The applicants of the ongoing civil service recruitment jobs in Rivers State have alleged being made to part with money by the Ministry of Education in order to obtain their First School Leaving Certificates (FSLC).

Speaking to National Network, some of the applicants who spoke on condition of anonymity said despite the rigorous process of the application, they were asked to pay N1000.00 (one thousand) and some #2000.00 (two thousand) for the certificate which is one of the basic requirements for the job.

The Ministry of Education has however denied charging fees for the issuance of the First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC)

In a statement signed by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs Sokari Davies, she disclosed that First School Leaving Certificates were not and are not issued by the Rivers State Ministry of Education.

She further said that the Ministry of Education does not authorize any officer to issue First School Leaving Certificate, with or without fees, stressing that anyone collecting fees in the name of the Rivers State Ministry of Education for the issuance of First School Leaving Certificate is acting fraudulently.

Calling for the exposure of those involved in the act, she stated that the Ministry would be happy to  receive concrete information from undercover journalists or other informants, leading to the apprehension of fraudulent and corrupt officers.

The Ministry appealed to members of the public to contact it using this number 07030967868 through WhatsApp or text messages  to report any incidence of demand of fee, with the name and room number of the officer attached.

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