The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Computer Based Test recruitment exercise on Saturday was stalled due to technical issues at JAMB approved centre in Kuje.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the exercise was scheduled to commence at the Islamic Leadership Academy at 8:00 a.m.
The JAMB and NNPC officials started the screening exercise for candidates at 7:00 a.m.
However, the examination could not start at the centre because more than half of the systems were not working.
Addressing the candidates after an hour of waiting, an NNPC official pleaded with candidates to exercise patience until the problems were resolved.
He said that the technical problems were not from NNPC or JAMB. He stated that the challenge was from the centre.
“I will implore us to exercise some patience. I am an official from NNPC, we have been here since yesterday with officials from JAMB to ensure that everything was okay with the systems.
“In the early hours of this morning, all these systems were coming on and everything was okay but all of the sudden when the light went off, some of the systems are not coming up again.
“It’s better that (it) is happening now, not when the exam has already started. But I want to assure you that this exam will definitely hold. The JAMB officials have contacted their office and we are hoping to get a feedback soon,” he said.
60,000 candidates participated in the Computer Based Test, CBT, in its ongoing recruitment exercise.
In a statement in Abuja, Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Services of the NNPC, Mr. Isa Inuwa, said the CBT was conducted in 94 centres in 22 states across the country
Inuwa said the 2019 NNPC recruitment exercise was for the corporation to replace some of its retiring staff and to refresh the system with fresh hands. He said, “The recruitment exercise by the NNPC is driven by the corporation’s manpower needs. There are about 60,000 candidates who have been shortlisted and you cannot allow the CBT to run for many days because we have enough facilities to accommodate those shortlisted and they are batched into three groups to avoid every form of impairment.”