A Public Affairs Analyst, Ibrahim Wala, has blamed the failure of Nigeria’s political leadership for the deaths of young job seekers at the ill-fated Nigerian Immigration Service recruitment exercise.
Wala, who had embarked on a protest to the headquarters of the Immigration Service, revealed that by his personal discovery, the Nigerian Immigration Service was side-lined by the Ministry of Interior in the process of their recruitment.
He said that the Comptroller-General of the Immigration had no prior idea that the event was going to hold, expressing his anger at the refusal of the CG to speak out on the real issued behind the incident.
He accused the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, of high handedness in handling the affairs of the Immigration Service and for being a major culprit in the unfortunate incident, saying that if journalism was what it should be in Nigeria, then investigations should have gone beyond what it was.
He presented a document, which he said was from the Nigerian Immigration Service. The document was supposedly a protest letter from the Comptroller-General of the Immigration, addressed to the Director at the Ministry, Dr Attahiru, referring to the announcement of vacancies in the Service as having caught him by surprise and asking why he was not informed of the planned recruitment.
There were also controversies about the placement of the signature of a former Director on the board of the Ministry of Interior, with allegations that the signature of the said Director, Dr Attahiru, who had resigned from the board was forged to validate the announcement of vacancies.
While calling for the authorities to adopt his discoveries as part of their investigation, Wala maintained that the major issue of more concern as a young Nigerian was the issue of applicants being charged money for their applications.
He dismissed claims that the monies were charged by the recruitment consulting company to cover administrative costs. He asked if the Immigration Service or the Ministry of Interior had not been provided with recruitment funds in their budget for the year.
He asked further if the consulting firm was qualified at all to carry out such magnitude of recruitment.
Mr Ibrahim Wala alleged that the major motive behind the recruitment was the monies made from the fees paid by the applicants. He accused The Minister of Interior of wanting to make that money selfishly. This was in response to a statement credited to the Minister as saying the N1,000 paid by the applicants cannot be refunded and that he would not resign.
He said that the consultants should have been paid for their job, rather than exploiting the applicants to fund the recruitment.
He referred to the Minister’s justification of the charge as an insult to the intellectual disposition of Nigerians and also accused him of being insensitive. He asked, “What is wrong in using ICT to conduct this exercise in the first place?” He also asked why the exercise could not have been done in batches.
Wala, however, commended the Nigerian President for taking a swift action on the issue. He also expressed satisfaction with the decisions taken by the President to support the injured and pacify the families of the deceased.