Recruitment saga: Immigration trainees protest employment suspension-By Godfrey AKON

Recruitment saga: Immigration trainees protest employment suspension

By Godfrey AKON

No fewer than 2,000 persons recruited by the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, in mid-2015, have alleged plans by the service to fully disengage them following a presidential directive that halted the process in August.

The NIS recruits, drawn from all parts of the country, had been trained in the rudiments of border control and arms handling between May and August 2015 before being sent home to await further directives.

While protesting in Abuja to demand their immediate reinstatement, the would-be employees’ alleged that the NIS was considering a fresh recruitment exercise, which could threaten their chances.

The protesters, armed with a petition to the Senate, headed for the National Assembly Complex and were about making their way in before being halted by security operatives at the main gate, where they lingered for hours waving placards and chanting solidarity songs.

Some of the placards read: ’is it because we don’t have godfathers?’ we have sworn to protect Nigeria’s borders and defend its territories,’ ’recruited and trained, why suspended,’ don’t add up to the labour market,’ PMB, remember your campaign promises: youth empowerment and job creation,’ among others.

Spokesperson of the 2,000 aggrieved NIS trainees, Mr. Iroakazi Precious, who addressed journalists on behalf of his colleagues, called on the Senate and House of Reps to wade in and implored the NIS authorities to reinstate them and pay their emoluments.

A delegation of the aggrieved trainees was later sent to meet with the House Majority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and members of the House Committee on Immigration, who assured them of efforts by the committee to shortly submit a joint report of the NIS recruitment stampede and their petition submitted on October 20, 2015 for further legislative action.

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