As compensation for those that died and sustained injuries during the 2014 Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) recruitment exercise, the Federal Government has given automatic employment to 105 immigration candidates and relatives of the victims. After due verification, employment was given to three family members of each deceased applicant from the aborted exercise, of which 15 families were identified, and a total of 45 family members selected. 60 others who were injured in the exercise were also given employment after verification by relevant government agencies.
Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Interior, Mr. Bassey Akpanyung made the announcement in Abuja, saying in compliance with the presidential directives, the two categories of beneficiaries are now undergoing training at various camps of the National Immigration Service.
The Ministry said the recruitment exercise conducted by the Special Presidential Committee constituted in the wake of the aborted exercise of March 2014 was being looked into, and advised those affected in the exercise to remain calm and observe decorum while the Ministry resolves the matter.
Meanwhile, reports have it that dispersed recruits of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) yesterday morning stormed the Ministry of Interior following the alleged refusal by the Ministry to allow them resume after they had been trained and given letters of appointment.
The protesting recruits on arrival at the Ministry’s premises demanded to see the Minister, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazzau (retd), saying they had written to relevant committees of the National Assembly, who referred their case to Dambazau.
The protesters were among 2,000 Nigerians recruited into the service last year by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration after the recruitment exercise, which followed the botched 2014 exercise.
Some security men drawn from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) as well as personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) however prevented any breach of the peace during the protests.