Redemption moves: Immigration offers recruitment forms free
Undeterred by its recent recruitment exercise that led the death of over 16 graduate applicants, with many more injured, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has announced plans to embark on another recruitment exercise
This was confirmed on Monday in a statement by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) NIS, Chukwuemeka Obuah, after advertorials were placed in major media outlets for that purpose.
He stated, that “The Presidential Committee To Assist In Immigration Recruitment on Monday February 9, 2015 placed advertorial in some national dailies requesting applications from suitable Nigerians for enlistment into the Nigeria Immigration Service starting from 9 February, 2015 to 22 March, 2015. Note the application is free and must be done online,” Obuah stated.
It would be recalled that on March 15, 2014 the NIS recruitment exercise turned tragic when about 520, 000 people in all 36 states of the country, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) stormed various recruitment centers in the country for the 4000 vacant positions in the service.
Reports also revealed that the Ministry of Interior approved the sale of N1, 000 application scratch cards to the applicants, amounting to over US$3million in revenue to the ministry, and yet it failed to make adequate provision for the conduct of a standard recruitment aptitude test, which it claimed was delegated to a consultancy firm.
No fewer than 16 job seekers were confirmed dead, while scores of people were injured, in that incident, which was attributed to overcrowding, stampede, exhaustion, and impatience of the applicants.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics, at least 23.9 per cent of Nigerians are currently unemployed (about 40 million).
Following the tragic incident, President Goodluck Jonathan ordered automatic employment for family members of victims, and ordered immediate return of all the funds collected from the applicants.
He went further to say that there would be a new recruitment exercise and the previous one would be cancelled.
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February 11, 2015 at 10:50 am
this time around it is free….i hope there wont be stampede ooo…..they should be well organized ds time..