700,000 Apply For 500 Positions at FIRS – Tunde Fowler, FIRS Boss

The Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mr. Tunde Fowler, has said
that the organisation received more than 700,000 applications from the
recent job advert it placed.
Fowler made this known on Wednesday in Abuja when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petition.

FIRS boss’ appearance at the lower chamber followed a petition from
some applicants, who claimed to have been excluded from the employment
The Service had invited applications for various positions in series of adverts placed in some national dailies.
said that out of the 700,000 applicants more than 2,000 had first class
degrees in various disciplines and were qualified to be engage by the
He said that FIRS would recruit only 500 people, adding
that the exercise was designed to increase manpower for tax revenue
collection and expand the country’s revenue base.
He assured that the organisation would ensure fairness and due process in the recruitment process.
said, “We have secured waiver and endorsement from the Federal
Character Commission in order to ensure that the right thing is done.”
his remarks, Chairman of the house committee, Mr. Nkem Abonta, directed
Fowler to submit to the committee the service’s nominal roll to assist
it in arriving at a decision. 

Were we not meant to believe initially that the recruitment exercise is for about 1250 slots? What has become of the other 750?

Recall that earlier this year, The Federal Inland Revenue Service was involved in a job scandal, according to SaharaReporters, who released a full list of 349 new staff secretly hired by Tunde Fowler.

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