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NIS stampede: APC calls for investigation

The All Progressives Congress on Sunday called for investigation into the ‘needless deaths’ of some job seekers at some venues of job test of Nigerian Immigration Service.

Not less than 19 people were reported dead among the over one million applicants on Saturday at some centres of the test for the NIS jobs.

APC interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement in Lagos, described the incidence as a direct consequence of unemployment problem plaguing the nation.

The party, according to the statement, expressed ‘great distressed’ at the deaths of the job seekers, adding that the Minister of Interior should bear the direct responsibility for the deaths.

The statement said that APC commiserated with the families of the victims and wished those injured speedy recovery.

It decried government’s inability to create jobs for the nations teeming youths, stressing that the number of jobless Nigerians had reached alarming rate.

“Massive mindless looting of the public funds that could have been used to create millions of jobs end up in the deep pockets of corrupt government officials without any consequence.

“The truth has been laid bare – 5,000 or so vacancies declared by NIS attracted over six million applicants, from which over half a million was shortlisted, according to published reports,’’ it stated.

The statement said that the ministry of interior had many questions to answer over the arrangements made for the job tests in 37 venues nationwide.

“Is it true that the minister directly presided over the recruitment?

“Why was such an arrangement made for the test when so many people were invited?

“Could the test not have been done in batches to avoid a stampede?’’ it queried.

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