Nigerian Navy postpones recruitment exercise

David Adekunle, Lagos

The Nigerian Navy recruitment exercise for the 2016 batch 25 trainees, scheduled to hold on Saturday, April 9, has been postponed to enable more Nigerians participate in the exercise.

Briefing journalists on the postponement, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-ete Ibas says the Navy recruitment exercise is now scheduled to hold on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at all the designated centres nationwide as earlier planned.

Ibas while advising the candidates willing to participate in the aptitude test to prepare for the exercise stressed that the shift in date was necessitated by the desire of the Nigerian Navy to ensure a well-planned and hitch-free Recruitment Exercise.

Huge volume of applicants
The recruitment exercise is part of efforts to re-position the Navy and increase its manpower base.

The Naval Chief apologised for any inconveniences the postponement had caused the candidates.

According to him, ’’there are speculations, however, that the Naval authorities decision to postpone the exercise may be connected with the huge volume of applicants, (about 300,000) who indicated interest in joining the force this year.’’

The Nigerian Navy recruitment application exercise had began since March 5th 2016, calling on interested candidates and the general public to apply and register online for the 2016 Recruitment Exercise in line with the new federal government policy, which stipulates that applications for recruitment into any security agency should be done free.