The Federal Government has set up a Presidential Committee to assist para-military agencies to conduct a fresh recruitment exercise into the Nigerian Immigration Service.
A statement issued on Wednesday night in Abuja by the Secretary to the Government theFederation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, said the committee had 12 weeks to conclude its assignment.
He said President Goodluck Jonathan approved the composition and mandate of the Special Presidential Committee to assist the Civil Defence, Fire Service, Immigration and Prisons Board to conduct a fresh exercise in place of the aborted recruitment into the NIS.
The committee’s terms of reference include, liaising with the Civil Defence, Fire Service, Immigration and Prisons Board to confirm the actual number of personnel to be recruited; and assisting the agencies by re-advertising the recruitment into the NIS with a view to starting the recruitment process afresh. It will be recalled that the aborted exercise conducted in various venues across the country on March 15 led to stampedes that caused the death of 20 job seekers(Read Here) .
This generated a national protest with Nigerians calling for the sacking of the Minister of Interior, Mr. Abba Moro. Good move but what about the money collected from all the applicants...would they be refunded? What about compensation for the dead applicants....how would compensation be carried out? The injured....who's paying/paid their bills? What to they get out of it? We need answers.