The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has warned the public against activities of fraudsters offering non-existent jobs to unsuspecting seekers.
Mr Charles Odili, NDDC Director of Corporate Affairs, said in a statement in Port Harcourt on Monday, August 3; that the scammers demanded money from unsuspecting Nigerians to obtain jobs.
“NDDC is once again compelled to alert members of the public of activities offering placements in non-existent empowerment programmes purportedly being run by the commission.”
“We have received several inquiries from potential victims, who were deceived into believing that NDDC was currently running different training and skills acquisition programmes.
“The hapless job-seekers are being asked by scammers to pay some enrollment fees into fake accounts,” he said.
Odili said that the scammers told their victims that they were representatives of officials of the commission.
According to him, the fraudsters also informed the public that they were authorised by NDDC management to collate a list of contractors with jobs as well as negotiate payments.
“Members of the public should note that these dubious individuals, who impersonate NDDC officials, are exploiting the social media to carry out their nefarious activities.
“We advise those who have genuine business with NDDC to always cross-check their information at the commission’s official website and other social media handles.
“We warn those claiming to represent the commission or its Chief Executive Officer in non-existent programmes to desist forthwith; or they will be arrested and prosecuted,” he warned.
Meanwhile, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), on Monday, August 3, criticised the West African Examinations Council (WAEC); for scheduling its timetable for the upcoming 2020 West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) in tandem with the Friday Jumah prayers.
The examination is scheduled to begin on Tuesday the 11th of August, 2020.
This was contained in a statement issued by its Director, Ishaq Akintola; and titled ‘MURIC rejects WAEC’s anti-Muslim timetable.’
According to the Muslim group, WAEC’s timetable that has fixed examinations to hold on Fridays is an invitation to anarchy’.
“WAEC has again fixed some of its subjects for the period of the Muslim Friday Jumu‘ah prayer in its examination; which begins next week Tuesday 11th August 2020.”
“These are papers that Muslim candidates are also expected to take. The implications are very serious,” MURIC explained.
The organisation further lamented that WAEC is “deliberately creating a wedge between young Muslims and the mosque. WAEC is making it impossible for Muslim youth to worship.”
It further explained that this is an infringement on the “fundamental rights of Muslim candidates to access freedom of religion as guaranteed by Section 38 (i) & (ii) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“At best, the examination body is reducing the chances of good performance among Muslim candidates.