Latest report informs that the Nigerian immigration service is holding another recruitment exercise after last year’s stampede that claimed several lives.
According to AIT report online, the two-day exercise is being organized by the presidential committee to assist on immigration recruitment.
A check on the website of the Presidential Committee to Assist in Immigration Recruitment showed that some candidates who applied for the recruitment exercise have already been shortlisted for Computer-Based Aptitude Test that will take place between April 20th and 25th at designed examination centres across the country.
A message on the website read: All SHORTLISTED APPLICANTS MUST DOWNLOAD THEIR NEW INVITATION LETTER, AS THE CBT TEST CENTRE, DATE AND TIME MAY HAVE CHANGED.
It was also stated on the website that an email with Applicant’s letter attached has been sent to applicant’s registered email address, adding that all the applicants must present this letter for accreditation on the date and time at the exam centre specified in the letter.
Meanwhile, the 2014 Nigeria immigration recruitment tragedy occurred on March 15, 2014, Saturday, when a total of 6.5 million people in all 36 states of Nigeria and the FCT stormed various recruitment centers in the country for the 4,000 vacant positions in the service.
It was reported at that time that no fewer than 16 job seekers were confirmed dead in the incident, while scores of people were also injured.
According to reports, what caused the deaths were overcrowding, stampede, exhaustion, and impatience of the applicants.
As a result of the tragic incident, President Goodluck Jonathan had ordered automatic employment for affected families. The president also ordered immediate return of all the funds collected from the applicants. He went further to say that there would be a new recruitment exercise and the previous one would be cancelled.