NILEA: a Big Relief For Applicants
By Suleiman Umaru
For much of last year some of the job seekers who had taken the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, an agency of the ministry of Health, examination, had made the Abuja Headquarters their home know to know when the result of the successful Applicants would be released.
, Unknown to many, Mohammed Abdallah, the Agency Chairman and the Chief Executive officer, CEO, of the Health ministry agency and his Management Team, have their own plans on when to release the list of the successful Applicants after Compilation to avoid undue pressure from their guarantors , who are said to be well connected top government officials and members of the National Assembly in their respective states. It was not surprising why Abdallah, the NDLEA Chairman, had kept the list a closely guided secret to give a level playing field to all the Applicants.
The NDLEA, CEO, may have taken the Applicants by surprise by releasing the list of the successful Candidates recently. In breaking the cheery news , of the release of the list of the successful Applicants in the agency ongoing recruitment exercise, Jonah Achema, a Deputy Narcotics Commander and Principal Staff Officer, PSO, Public Affairs, disclosed that the Candidates from the six geo-political regions of the country-south west, south-south, south east, North central , north east and north west, had applied for different cadre vacancies.
Achema had said that some of the applicants were invited for the Competency test, noting that the lucky Applicants have already been contacted. The successful Candidates, numbering 5, 200, he said are to appear at the agency’s Academy , Citadel Counter-Narcotics Nigeria, CCNN,Katon-KRikkos, Jos, Plateau, home state, of Yakubu Gown, a retired Army General and former Head of State, for the screening and documentation exercise between January 10 and 23, 2021 at 9am daily .
Giving an insider information on the screening and documentation exercise, the nNDLEA top official said the successful Applicants have been ‘’divided into four different groups’’ in adherence to the Federal government policy on the Asian country of China emerged coronavirus, popular, COVID 19, protocols.
He disclosed that the order and schedule for the exercise, according to the group into which the Candidates fall have been indicated . He has a word of advice for the Candidates that they should arrive a day ahead of their screening and documentation to acclimatise themselves with the Plateau environment.
Going by the requirement needed from the Applicants, the NDLEA, spokesperson said the Candidates are to show up for the screening and documentation exercise with their guarantors’ form, originals and duplicates of academic credentials, birth certificate/age declaration and indigeneship Certificates.
The Candidates, he further said are also to come along for the screening and documentation exercise with their certificate of Medical fitness from a reputable government owned General Hospital, both at the state and Federal levels. This is in addition to a pair of shorts, T-shirts, Canvas and stockings.
This is a major difference between the NDLEA and the Hameed Ali, a retired Army Colonel led Nigerian Customs Service, NCS. This is because as these items were usually provided for the Customs new recruits including a monthly allowance to give the officers a sense of belonging. Abdallah, the NDLEA, Chairman, may have to take a cue from Ali, the Customs Comptroller General by providing these sports wears and Canvas for the NDLEA new recruits as a way of giving them a sense of belonging.