The Federal Inland Revenue Service said that the job vacancy it advertised on some national newspapers for 500 persons had more than 700,000 applicants.

Chairman of the agency, Mr. Tunde Fowler revealed this on Wednesday before the House of Representatives’ Committee on Public Petition, said only 500 of the applicants would be employed.

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According to him, out of the 700,000 applicants, more than 2,000 had first class degrees in various disciplines and were qualified to be engaged by the FIRS.

He added that the exercise was designed to increase manpower for tax revenue collection and expand the country’s revenue base.

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He assured the lawmakers that the organization would ensure fairness and due process in the recruitment process.

“We have secured waiver and endorsement from the Federal Character Commission in order to ensure that the right thing is done.’’

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