For the recently placed Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS jobs advert, Chairman of the commission, Tunde Fowler, has revealed that it received over 700,000 applications.
Speaking before the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petition, on Wednesday in Abuja, Mr Fowler further adds 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 Service.
The FIRS boss said FIRS would recruit only 500 people, adding that the exercise was designed to increase manpower for tax revenue collection and expand the country’s revenue base.
While assuring that the organisation would ensure fairness and due process in the recruitment process, Mr Fowler said they have secured waiver and endorsement from the Federal Character Commission in order to ensure that the right thing is done.
The FIRS boss’ appearance at the lower chamber followed a petition from some applicants, who claimed to have been excluded from the employment processes.
The Service had invited applications for various positions in series of adverts placed in some national dailies.
Chairman of the house committee, Nkem Abonta, in his remarks, directed Mr. Fowler to submit to the committee the service’s nominal roll to assist it in arriving at a decision.
In other news, the presidency last month said, it had reached advanced stages in the implementation plans for effective commencement of a number of the social investment programmes as the selection of the first 200,000 unemployed graduates to get jobs is now being completed.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo while speaking with a small group of radio journalists and producers at the Presidential Villa, said he is optimistic that before month end, 200,000 out of the 500,000 unemployed graduates the Buhari administration plans to hire in the N-Power jobs programme will be engaged.
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According to him, the direct government jobs is meant “to keep this young people occupied, pay them some amount of money and also give them a device, which will also help them to learn several skills that they can develop as time goes on.”