By Peter Yohanna
On July 15, 2023, “NYSCINFO”, an online blog, published multiple lists of candidates shortlisted for the National Population Commission’s (NPC) ad hoc staff e-recruitment for birth registration.
The headline of the blogpost reads: ”NPC shortlisted candidates for Birth Registration- Check Here. If you have applied for the National Population Commission (NPC) Birth Registration Adhoc Staff e-Recruitment 2023, we are pleased to inform you that the NPC management has released the names of shortlisted candidates for the NPC Birth Registration”.
The report has been shared across various social media platforms, such as WhatsApp, where it has been forwarded multiple times with the caption, ”Breaking: NPC shortlisted candidates for birth registration ad-hoc staff recruitment.”
PUNCH News and other media outlets reported on June 8, 2023, that the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the National Population Commission (NPC) had partnered with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for the registration of 12.7 million births in 2023.
The partnership is for the issuance of birth certificates containing the names and nationalities of all Nigerian children under the age of five in 21 states, 456 Local Government Areas, and 4,978 wards across the country.
UNICEF’s Chief of Child Protection, Dr. Ibrahim Sesay, said 850 corps members would be enlisted for the exercise and would work alongside National Population Commission (NPC) officials.
The NPC portal thereafter opened for e-birth registration recruitment, with a deadline indicated to be June 30, 2023.
However, a search of the National Population Commission (NPC) website reveals that the names of the shortlisted candidates have not yet been released.
The list of all candidates who allegedly applied for the job was published on a website that claimed to be an NPC recruitment portal.
The website was checked on the “WhoIs” database, and the results showed that it was registered in March 2023 by one Ibrahim Isah, from Azare town in Bauchi State, and was not registered by the National Population Commission.
The claim that the National Population Commission (NPC) has published the names of shortlisted ad hoc staff for birth registration is false. We can confirm that the website was recently registered and is not affiliated to neither the NYSC nor the NPC.