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Applicants for federal jobs decry poor access to website

By Anthony Otaru, Abuja   |   06 October 2016   |   12:25 am

Joan Ayo, Chairman FCSC

Joan Ayo, Chairman FCSC

Civil service commission blames wrong handsets, heavy traffic

Many applicants for the recently published vacancies in government ministries by the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) are experiencing difficulties accessing the website created for the recruitment.

This has led some of them, who spoke to The Guardian yesterday, to conclude that the portal has crashed. They appealed to government to upgrade the

The vacant positions were published in some national newspapers of September 19, 2016, which would close on October 30, 2016.An applicant, Abeke David told The Guardian that the website is a fraud. “To me, I think they are just trying to use this to fleece children of the poor. They only advertised for formality, I can tell you, it is the Nigerian style. I have been trying the website for one week and it is just not connecting.”

Atahiru Bolanle made the same claims. “For sure, there is a problem. If you want to log in, it will not even open. This is the only opportunity I have been waiting for and I don’t know why the portal is not working. I am begging those concerned to correct the situation, to enable us compete favourably.”

Also, Danladi Shehu told The Guardian, “This issue of employment into government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of government always baffles me. Previously, candidates applied by filling in FCSC forms. My question is: Why has the commission changed the policy suddenly? I suspect that it is a ploy to deny the poor in getting the jobs.”

In response to the complaints, the Assistant Director, Media in the FCSC, Dr. Joel Oruche said that as at yesterday, the commission had received 150, 991 completed and submitted applications through the website.

“As at yesterday night, the traffic on the portal was 22. 939 million, the number of devices used was 1. 272 million as well. I think, the major obstacle is that the applicants find it difficult to access the portal because of the use of wrong devices, such as handsets.”

According to Oruche, the challenge is also as a result of heavy traffic, it has slowed down the website because of the rush of applicants.

He said: “Many of the applicants are also ignorant. FCSC has discarded the use of forms because some unscrupulous people used them to defraud innocent applicants. We are also committed to the anti-corruption stance of this administration. This new move will not only bring transparency into the exercise but will also make it very credible.”

Oruche added that apart from above reasons, the commission is of the opinion that in this age of technology, the commission should not be left behind. It has to join the global information technology train.

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  • gideon

    The claim of using wrong device is a lie. I have been using my laptops to apply, yet the situation is the same. It is a ploy. They are either incompetent or fraud-driven that is why they cannot put a website that could handle the so-called huge traffic. Recall that was Npower started. But this is worst than Npower because they do not even make their contact accessible. Another issue is that of ‘discardment’, the website can not hold information saved on it. for instance, when you input information there and save draft, when you login again the information will be completely missing, not until the Reps faulted their claims. So the process is guided by mischief and corruption.
    Dont they have the database of unemployment details in the country, why not plan to put a robust system that will handle the traffic at once, for I suppose that should have been in the planning. And Who knows that might be the claim in the budget which was adequately provided for and now see what they are giving out. Contrary to the expectation of this administration.

    Mr President, note that this is part of plan to discredit your administration’s good effort and plan. They are saboteurs who want to use the hardship of accessing the website to increase tension of economic recession on your government.

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