By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Job seekers across the country have been warned to be very careful of fraudster claiming that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was recruiting.
In a statement issued by its spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, the agency, for the umpteenth time, reiterated that it has not launched a recruitment campaign of any kind for now.
Mr Ughamadu noted that the latest clarification was coming on the heels of a fresh recruitment advert purportedly from the corporation being circulated by e-mails and on various social media platforms.
He said the advert, which is on a fake letterhead complete with NNPC logo, is purportedly signed by the Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru, and the Chief Operating Officer, Refineries, Mr Anibor Kragha, and directs unsuspecting applicants to send their applications to a fake e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shedding more light on the scam, Mr Ughamadu said another form of the scam involved text messages, e-mails, and letters inviting gullible job seekers for fake job interviews at the NNPC Towers and other locations across the country with a view to extorting money from them.
He called on members of the public, especially applicants, to discountenance any of such adverts or spurious invitations for job interviews as the Corporation was currently not recruiting, stressing that anyone who entertains such invitations does so at his or her own risk.
Mr Ughamadu advised that anyone contacted for the purpose of the fake recruitment should not hesitate to report such invitations to relevant law enforcement agencies, adding that the corporation would continue to engage security agencies on the scam.
He said NNPC management, under the leadership of Mr Baru, would sustain the prevailing culture of transparency and accountability which has witnessed the conduct of open public bidding in sourcing for contractors and suppliers of goods and services for its day-to-day operations, including recruitment exercises, stressing that NNPC will advertise all vacant positions in national newspapers whenever it was ready to recruit.
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