NNPC Recruitment: Applicants Call For Conclusion Of Process

The fate of about 40,000 applicants who participated in the recruitment process of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is still unknown 8 months after interview.

The applicants have since continued to use the social media to ask for update on the recruitment exercise from the NNPC, saying they’ve been kept in the dark over the matter.

The application window which was opened in March 2019 lasted for two weeks and received over 1 million applications.

The application portal closed  by the  end of May, 2019.

 Few weeks after the portal closed, text notifications were sent out and about 60,000 candidates wrote the test in over 700 centers across Nigeria on 1 June.


Less than 4 weeks later, NNPC had sent out invite for interviews which  ended on 11 July.

Due to the speed with which the recruitment process was going at the point, the candidates expected the interview results to be out before the end of August and successful candidates contacted.

The delay prompted some applicants who partook in the exercise to take to the social media to express their frustration.


Meanwhile, the delayed the recruitment exercise may the due to an order from the Federal High Court in Abuja directing suspension of recruitment process after  a suit filed by one Pelumi Olajengbesi.

Olajengbesi faulted the age criterion placed on the  recruitment of the NNPC noting that it violated section 3(e)(iv) of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure), 2009 which protected the public interest of Nigerians.

He had written a letter in March to the former Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, threatening to sue organisation for placing age limit  on qualified Nigerians who would have applied for the jobs advertised by the corporation.


The present NNPC GMD, Mele Kyari had in November noted that the national oil firm was working hard  to conclude the recruitment exercise.

 “We’ll soon close out on our recent recruitment exercise so that much younger people can come on board and contribute their quota towards growing this Corporation.”

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