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No, Nigeria’s Abia state government is not recruiting into its civil service. Ignore viral ad

IN SHORT: The Abia state government warned the public that an advert about recruitment into the state civil service, which circulated in November 2023, was fake.

An advert circulating on WhatsApp and Facebook in November 2023 claims that Nigeria’s south-eastern state of Abia is recruiting into its civil service. 

The ad was also published on some blogs here, here, here, here, here, here and here. It’s headlined: “Abia State Civil Service Commission Recruitment 2023/2024 – Application Form Portal.” 

“Attention all qualified individuals seeking employment opportunities with the Abia State Civil Service Commission, the much-awaited recruitment portal is now open! Embrace the chance to join a dynamic and professional team while contributing your skills and expertise to the development of Abia State,” it reads

The advert includes requirements, how to apply and a link to the supposed recruitment portal. 

Abia state has been in the news for various reasons, including a sweeping reform of its civil service that its new governor, Alex Otti, has championed.

But has the Abia State Civil Service Commission announced that it is recruiting? We checked.


Job ad is fake, says state government

Africa Check found that the web link attached to the job ad was broken and did not lead to the official website of the Abia state government, its ministries or its parastatals. 

The ad was posted on Facebook by an account describing itself as a non-profit organisation, mostly with job opportunities found on its timeline. 

In a statement titled “Fake News Alert” and dated 19 November 2023, the state governor’s special adviser on media and publicity, Ferdinand Ekeoma, asked the public to provide useful information that “could lead to the arrest and prosecution of the fraudsters behind the advert”.

“The attention of the Abia State Government has been drawn to a FAKE advertisement being circulated on different social media platforms purporting to emanate from the Abia State Civil Service Commission with a claim that there's an ongoing recruitment exercise into the Abia State Civil Service.

“The government is constrained to state as follows: The advert did not emanate from the Abia State government; therefore it's FAKE and should be disregarded … Any recruitment exercise into the Civil Service shall be approved by the Governor and announced on the state-owned radio station, the BCA, other radio stations and on the pages of major newspapers through the Civil Service Commission,” the statement reads.

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