The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has dismissed as fraudulent an online platform purporting that the agency has floated a scholarship programme tagged “NIMASA Scholarship 2016/2017”.
NIMASA Director General, Dakuku Peterside said the scholarship advertisement was the handiwork of “some unscrupulous elements intent on ripping off unsuspecting members of the public”.
Peterside also said that NIMASA is not recruiting and that members of the public should not be deceived that the agency has engaged a recruitment firm to employ on its behalf.
“As a public institution committed to the rule of law and best practices, NIMASA has standard procedures for communicating its activities and will not request money from would be candidates as the fraudsters are doing.
“We urge members of the public to disregard the activities of unscrupulous elements who are bent on defrauding them of their hard earned resources under the guise of engaging on a recruitment exercise for NIMASA.
“For the avoidance of all doubts, the Agency will always communicate its programmes and projects through well known channels of the media, its website and the social media,” he said.
Peterside who regretted the negative impact of the activities of fraudsters warned that the agency in collaboration with security agencies has launched an investigation into the matter vowing that the people behind the alleged employment and scholarship fraud must face the full wrath of the law.
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