BY VICTORIA OJEME
ABUJA – Following allegations of skewed recruitment in favour of applicants from a certain section of the country and non-advertisement of its recruitment process, the Federal Government has asked the Comptroller General of Immigration, Mrs. Rosemary Chinyere Uzoma, to proceed on compulsory leave.
A statement signed by the Director Secretary to the Minister in the Ministry of Interior, Dr. R.K Attahiru, said: “I am to further convey that you are to hand over the duties and responsibilities of your office on or before Wednesday, January 16, 2013, to the most senior Deputy Comptroller General of Immigration in the person of Rilwan Bala Musa, who will act as Comptroller General of Immigration, pending the appointment of a substantive CG of Immigration.
“On behalf of the Minister of Interior and members of the board, I wish to thank you for your service to Nigeria. The board wishes you good luck in your future endeavour”.
In his response, the public Relation officer to Immigration. Mr Joachem Olumba, said, “that is what we are hearing but we are yet to receive any message.”
It would be recalled that the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mrs Rosemary Chinyere Uzoma, who has just three months to the expiration of her tenure, while defending the secret recruitment into the service at the insistence of the House of Representatives Committee on Federal Character, said the decision was taken to stave-off recruiting terrorists into the highly sensitive organisation.
Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, who said there was need for a more transparent, acceptable and effective platform to be established to enlist qualified Nigerians into the service.
Due to the security challenges Nigeria is facing, Moro directed the immediate cancellation of ongoing recruitment into the Nigeria Immigration Service two weeks ago.
He directed further that all appointment letters issued and documentation carried out stood cancelled until the Civil Defence, Immigration and Prisons Service board met to consider the waiver granted the Nigeria Immigration Service to recruit men and women into the service.
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