The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has refuted job racketeering stories circulating on social media concerning its ongoing recruitment exercise.
A statement issued by the management of the Nigerian petroleum industry regulator reads thus:
“As the public is aware, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) is currently conducting a staff recruitment exercise aimed at selecting suitably qualified persons from a pool of duly shortlisted candidates, which followed the approval of their applications for advertised positions in the Department.
It is important for the public to note that the ongoing recruitment exercise is being carried out in accordance with extant rules guiding such exercises in the Nigerian Public Service. We therefore wish to assure all Nigerians that the process is being undertaken with a high sense of responsibility, transparency and fairness, considering all principles and values that reflect the diversity and plurality of our nation.
To this end therefore, the process has been designed to be rigorous and competitive to ensure that only the very best candidates are chosen based purely on merit and their respective abilities.
In this regard, we wish to further assure that any rumours circulating in the media or elsewhere to the effect that special consideration is being given to certain Nigerians and / or their wards regarding the ongoing recruitment, are manifestly false, and should be disregarded in its entirety as the Department is sacredly following a transparent process that does not allow any room for manipulation in favour of people no matter how highly placed their principals or sponsors are.
Finally, we want to use this opportunity to request that, candidates who participated in the recently conducted aptitude tests to keep monitoring the accessible online portal for the outcome and subsequent stages of the exercise.”