Wednesday, 19 March 2014

President Jonathan Cancels Immigration Service Test That Killed 20 Job Seekers, Orders Moro To Refund N1,000

President Goodluck Jonathan has reportedly ordered Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, to refund the N1,000 application fee collected from job seekers who were to write the ill fated Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) aptitude test that turned sour at the weekend.

The President had on Monday summoned both the minister and Comptroller General of the NIS, David Paradang, apparently to explain their roles in the recruitment tragedy.
On its part, the House of Representatives ordered investigation into the death of about 20 applicants at some venues of the NIS recruitment exercise.

While speaking with reporters after the weekly Federal Executive Council, Nigeria’s minister of information, Labaran Maku also announced it has canceled the recruitment exercise, that a panel has been set up to conduct another recruitment exercise.

However, the minister did not say if anyone will be punished for the criminal conduct that led to the death of innocent jobseekers last Saturday.

The House while condemning the tragedy, further called on the Federal Government to take steps towards identifying relatives of the deceased victims, and offer them automatic employments, since in members’ opinion, the victims died in active service to the nation.
The House also commiserated with the families of the deceased, as well as empathise with those who suffered injuries as a result of the exercise.
It resolved that henceforth, all mass recruitment exercises into Federal Government agencies must be done via the internet, and in more conducive environment than that of last Saturday.

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