Stam­pede: Perm Sec, immigration pass buck over re­cruit­ment fail­ure

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi & Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

The Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Fed­eral Min­istry of In­te­rior, Abubakar Ma­gaji and the Comptroller Gen­eral, Nige­ria Immigration Ser­vice, Martin Kure Abeshi yesterday dis­tanced them­selves from the fail­ure to hon­our pres­i­den­tial di­rec­tive for the re­cruit­ment of immigration stam­pede vic­tims.

The duo, who ap­peared be­fore the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives ad hoc com­mit­tee set up to probe immigration’s fail­ure to em­ploy re­la­tions of the vic­tims, blamed the pres­i­den­tial com­mit­tee tasked to en­sure re­cruit­ment of the 176 vic­tims re­la­tions.

Last week, hun­dreds of the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies marched to the Na­tional Assem­bly in protest and sub­mit­ted a writ­ten pe­ti­tion to the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The House, upon re­ceipt of the pe­ti­tion same day, set up a 3-man com­mit­tee that com­prised House leader, Femi Gba­jabi­amila, mi­nor­ity leader, Leo Ogor and Rep Mukhtari Sha­gari to find out rea­sons for the in­abil­ity of the re­cruited vic­tims start work.

But the per­ma­nent sec­re­tary, in his pre­sen­ta­tion, said nei­ther the min­istry, nor the Civil De­fense, Fire, Immigration and Pris­ons Board (CDFIPB) was car­ried along in the re­cruit­ment ex­er­cise, as they were not made part of the pres­i­den­tial com­mit­tee.

This, ac­cord­ing to Ma­gaji, has led to the present pro­ce­dural log­jam of the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies, who had al­ready re­ceived letters of ap­point­ment since March, but could not start work ever since.

He said af­ter is­su­ing the ap­point­ment letters, the min­istry had to halt the process since there was “no writ­ten ap­proval by the pres­i­dent for the em­ploy­ment. We are also hear­ing it from media. There was no let­ter di­rect­ing us to em­ploy this per­son or this num­ber of peo­ple.”

On his part, the immigration’s Comptroller Gen­eral, rep­re­sented by deputy Comptroller Gen­eral, Henry Y Mal­gwi, said the ser­vice had al­ready is­sued ap­point­ment letters to some vic­tims’ re­la­tions when the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary or­dered them “to stay ac­tion.”

Mal­gwi said the immigration, who only statu­to­rily is­sues re­cruit­ment let­ter of ju­nior cadre of­fi­cers, was not aware of the ini­tial ex­er­cise in 2013 which led to the stam­pede in­ci­dence.

The trio law­mak­ers asked the ser­vice of the ini­tial re­cruit­ment ex­er­cise and the sub­se­quent N1, 000 charge for the over 6,000 ap­pli­cants.

But the deputy comptroller said “We don’t know where the monies col­lected from the ap­pli­cant have been. In fact, we were not aware of that ex­er­cise. We only saw it on news­pa­pers ad­ver­tised by the Board.”

Mal­gwi told the com­mit­tee that se­cu­rity ver­i­fi­ca­tion has found that 15 ap­pli­cants died in the stam­pede, while 131 were in­jured na­tion­wide.

Chair­man of the com­mit­tee, Gba­jabi­amila told the duo that there is an im­pres­sion that the whole re­cruit­ment ex­er­cise ad­ver­tised for 2000 va­can­cies “was a scam to make money.”

From left: Deputy Comptroller- Gen­eral of Immigration Ser­vice, Ya­haya Mal­gwi; Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of In­te­rior, Abubakar Ma­gaji and Di­rec­tor Min­istry of In­te­rior, Ab­dulka­rim Ibrahim, dur­ing the public hear­ing on Nige­ria Immigration re­cruit­ment stam­pede at the Na­tional Assem­bly in Abuja yesterday.

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