The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Chukwuemeka Obua on Monday announced that victims of the ill fated March 15, 2014 recruitment exercise would be employed after a fresh exercise.
Some of the applicants climbing fence
Obua, who made this known to NAN in Abuja said, the service would liaise with the committee that was set up by Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, which was saddled with the responsibility of assisting the Paramilitary Board in conducting a fresh exercise.
It said the committee and the board would confirm the actual number of personnel to be recruited and assist in re-advertising the recruitment with a view to starting the process afresh, adding that it would also assist the board by processing the applications, short-listing potential candidates and conducting the necessary interviews for the purpose of the exercise.
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The statement further revealed that the committee was also to ensure that three family members of each of the deceased applicants, at least one of whom should be a female, and those injured, were given immediate and automatic employment in the service. The committee was issued 12 weeks to finish its assignment.
Obua said that although the date for the fresh exercise was yet to be fixed, the committee which had David Parradang, the Comptroller-General of the Service as member, was working tirelessly to ensure a hitch free exercise this time.
“The committee is more transparent and is currently working out modalities for a fresh exercise. I have been contacted to draft advertorials to inform suitable applicants who wish to partake in the exercise” he said.
The PRO explained that applicants of the botched recruitment who wished to partake in the fresh exercise must apply again because the President had cancelled the March 15 exercise.
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It would be recalled that on March 15, 2014 the service conducted a nationwide recruitment that unfortunately led to the death of some applicants with several others severely injured following a stampede that occurred at the centre.