The West African Examinations Council has distanced itself from an advertisement on social media calling for qualified candidates to fill some vacant positions in the establishment.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, this is contained in a statement issued on Saturday in Lagos by the Head of Public Affairs Unit of the council, Moyosola Adesina.

She described the advertisement as misleading and fake, saying it was the handiwork of fraudsters.

An online publication sighted by our correspondent announced on Friday that WAEC was recruiting.

The publication partly read, “WAEC recruitment 2022 portal is currently open for online application. More details on how to apply for the West African Examinations Council recruitment via the WAEC recruitment portal and other related information regarding the recruitment process are on this page. Apply for WAEC jobs here.

“The West African Examinations Council recruitment 2022/2023 has commenced. This web page covers vital areas regarding the WAEC recruitment process and how to log in and fill out the WAEC application form online through the official WAEC recruitment website 2022.”

However, the council, in her statement on Saturday, debunked the recruitment process.

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“WAEC wishes to inform its stakeholders and the general public that the advert making the rounds on social media, that the council is recruiting for the year 2022/2023, is false.

“The general public should disregard this advertisement as it is hoax aimed at exploiting innocent Nigerians, especially desperate job seekers.

“For the purpose of clarity, WAEC will never ask anyone to pay any amount to secure a job on any of its platforms.

“Furthermore, the council publishes its recruitment advertisements only on national dailies and its official website,” Adesina said.

Job hunting has been a major issue in the country, especially with Nigeria’s unemployment rate on the rise. This makes many fall victims to fake recruitment exercises.

Some others are being duped by fake recruiters, who often ask job seekers to make some payment in order to land jobs.

The PUNCH reported how a Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, convicted and sentenced one Olukoya Adeyemi; Qoreeb Oluwadamilare Fujah and Olayinka Olatunji to various jail terms for job scam, late October.