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Opposition demands probe into NIS deaths

17 March 2014, 07:37Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for investigation into the deaths of job seekers at the recruitment exercise the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) conducted thisweekend.

The party’s interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement from Lagos, described the incidents as a direct consequence of the unemployment problem plaguing the nation.

The party expressed “great distress” at the deaths of the job seekers, adding that the Minister of Interior should bear the direct responsibility for the deaths.

The statement said that APC commiserated with the families of the victims and wished those injured speedy recovery.

It decried government’s inability to create jobs for the nations teeming youths, stressing that the number of jobless Nigerians had reached alarming rates.

“Massive mindless looting of the public funds that could have been used to create millions of jobs ends up in the deep pockets of corrupt government officials without any consequence. The truth has been laid bare – 5 000 or so vacancies declared by NIS attracted over 6 million applicants, from which over half a million were shortlisted, according to published reports,” Mohammed stated.

His party added that the Ministry of Interior had “many questions to answer” over the arrangements made for the job tests in 37 venues nationwide.

“Is it true that the Minister directly presided over the recruitment? Why was such an arrangement made for the test when so many people were invited? Could the test not have been done in batches to avoid a stampede?” Mohammed quipped

– CAJ News

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