Warning over bogus job ads in Nigerian civil service

By on 09/11/2015 | Updated on 25/09/2020
The acting head of Nigeria’s civil service is Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita

The acting head of Nigeria’s civil service Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita has warned against a bogus Facebook account advertising jobs at her office.

A press release issued by her office last week states that Oyo-Ita “has no such [Facebook] account”, which is a “scam created by fraudsters aimed at misleading and duping innocent job-seeking members of the public.”

It says that the public should “disregard the Facebook account and any information it may carry” and that “people should desist from any form of dialogue on the account.”

The warning comes less than three weeks after Oyo-Ita assumed the role of acting head of the civil service of the federation on 20 October.

She took over from Danladi Kifasi, who retired after a year in the role, and has worked as permanent secretary in various departments.

When her appointment was announced last month, Oyo-Ita said that “we have to be innovative and reposition ourselves to deliver efficient, timely and quality services to meet the desires of our people.”

She also called for the support and cooperation of all permanent secretaries and the entire civil service in deepening “existing collaboration in the service and [to] team up for the implementation of [the] government development agenda with excellence.”

About Winnie Agbonlahor

Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World - the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

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