(NAN)The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Tuesday said it has created a recruitment portal in its efforts to recruit 3,200 officers to fortify its operations.

The Acting Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs, Umar Sanusi, made the disclosure at a press briefing held at the Customs headquarters.

According to him, 2,200 will be recruited as general duty junior officers, while 800 will be between the rank of Customs Assistant and Superintendent.

Sanusi said the recruitment portal will be open for three weeks and will be active 24 hours of every day.

He said: “For quite some time, the Nigeria Customs Service has been undergoing reforms to strengthen and reposition it for effective service delivery. We have now come to a time when the human resource requirements for implementing the reform needed to be addressed.

“Following the necessary approval from the Federal Executive Council, Nigeria Customs Service is now set to recruit officers and men, to fill existing vacancies in the support staff for Superintendent cadre category, Customs Inspector and Customs Assistant Cadre in the General Duty categories.

“Like all recruitments into positions in Federal Government agencies, application for recruitment will be open to all eligible Nigerians who meet the requirements irrespective of their tribe, religion, state or any other consideration.

He added: “We are aware that some criminal elements may want to take advantage of this recruitment to scam desperate job applicants. Some of them are reported to be operating illegal sites and portals, collecting various sums of money from applicants.  I want to reiterate that the portal for this exercise can only be accessed through the official service website where no fees will be demanded.

“In our bid to ensure an equal and fair opportunity to all applicants, we are working every step of the recruitment process in compliance with the requirements of the Federal Character Commission. We are actively engaged with the Commission to ensure that the process will earn a certificate of compliance on merit.

“A web portal to receive and process all applications has been created as a sub-domain of the NCS website www.customs.gov.ng. It is a user-friendly portal that prospective applicants from all parts of the country and even outside Nigeria, can log-on and submit their applications and upload supporting documents, The URL is vacancy.customs.gov.ng.

“Specific requirements established for the vacancies, shortlisting of candidates will be done and such candidates shortlisted will be notified and invited for the continuation of the recruitment process”, he explained.

To complement the Portal, Sanusi said the NCS will deploy Helpdesk for applicants to handle complaints, and offer support service.

“A  detailed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)  is also populated on the application portal for further clarification. To ensure a hitch-free process, we are working with various Technical Partners including tested Service Provider who have successfully undertaken similar projects with other Government Agencies, Telecom Service Providers and other Agencies of Government.

“We are determined to conduct an exercise that is credible, fair and transparent. We will deploy all machinery within our powers to ensure that the integrity of the exercise is not compromised. In this regard, we will like to emphasize that participation in this exercise is free for all eligible applicants. Any demand for or solicitation for any payments to process, facilitate or influence the process under any guise is illegal and should be reported to the Comptroller-General of Customs’ office”, he added.