Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has distanced itself and its subsidiaries from a trending online advert inviting unsuspecting members of the public to submit entries for a phantom “2019/2020 Annual Chemistry Competition’’.

In a release issued yesterday, the national oil corporation described the online advert, which contrived that the exercise was organized to improve the standard of learning of Chemistry in Nigeria as phony.

NNPC advised applicants to be wary of the fraudsters behind it. In the release by the national oil company’s acting group general manager, group public affairs division, Mr. Samson Makoji, the company advised members of the public to contact the national oil corporation on any doubtful information in the public domain.

The advert had stated various fictitious monetary values to the categories of winners it was interested in luring into the fake scheme, listing eligibility of participants to include graduates of Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering and other related courses.

While calling on students and stakeholders in the education value chain not to fall prey to the nefarious activities of the fraudsters, the NNPC said it had alerted the various security agencies to investigate the matter and apprehend the culprits.

By Chibisi Ohakah

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