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Nigeria’s Oyo state government not hiring medical professionals and charging N2,500 for the application form

IN SHORT: Several posts on Facebook claim that the Oyo state government is recruiting medical personnel and that interested candidates can obtain the application form for N2,500. But the state government says this is not true.

“Those that are seeking for job, most especially, our Youths should go and get this form from the Oyo State Hospital Management Board,” begins a post on Facebook.

Oyo state is located in the southwest of Nigeria, bordering Kwara state to the north and Ogun state to the south.

The 11 January 2024 post also explains the application process in four steps: 

  • Step 1: Go to Oyo State Hospital Management Board, Room 14 at Oyo State Secretariat to get code.
  • Step 2: Go to Polaris Bank with the code and pay the sum of #2500.
  • Step 3: Take the teller to the office of Oyo State Accountant General to confirm payment.
  • Step 4: Take the confirmed teller to Room 14 of Oyo State Hospital Management Board to get the form, fill it and submit there.

It claims that the state government is recruiting “doctors, nurses and other workers”.

The unemployment rate in Nigeria rose to 4.2% in the second quarter of 2023. So posts about job opportunities, especially government jobs, will be of interest to many Nigerians.

The same directions can be found on Facebook here, here, here, here, here and here.

But is the Oyo state government hiring and is a N2,500 application fee required? We checked.


Disregard false information, state government says

Africa Check searched the internet for official confirmation of the claim and found none.

According to the Leadership news site, the Oyo state administration has denied claims that it is recruiting medical personnel.

The state commissioner for information and orientation, Prince Dotun Oyelade, told the media: “It has come to the attention of the state government that some unscrupulous elements are peddling false information on purported sales of application forms for employment of Medical Personnel into the State service. The Oyo State Government hereby wishes to categorically state that there are currently no sales of such forms as the process for eventual recruitment is still ongoing.”

The state government also took to X (formerly Twitter) to debunk the claim.

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