The ongoing recruitment in the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) will only accommodate 1,112 applicants based on the approval given by the President Muhammadu Buhari.
Minister of Interior, Lt.Gen. Abdulrahaman Dambazzau, (rtd) revealed this on Monday in Abuja, shortly after the presentation of the handbook on the operations of the Presidential Executive Order at the NIS headquarters.
Sources at the Federal Ministry of Interior said that more than 40, 000 applicants had already applied for the advertised NIS jobs.
“There were two aborted Immigration recruitment that were done. The first one led to fatality and casualties. The second one was dispersed following discovery of so many abnormalities which two thousands of them were sent home.
“When we came in November 2015 we looked at the whole thing and we discovered for the second one that it was not all the faults of the candidates as such but it was the process that was followed.
“So, we wrote a memo to Mr President that we should recall those candidates, 2000 of them, so that we can reassess them and the President graciously approved that and we advertised in papers and I think about 1,500 or so reported and out of this number 888 qualified for that recruitment. Now the balance of 1, 112 is what we are working on now, that is the reason of the recent advertisement by the Nigerian Immigration Service to recruit that balance of 1,112 and this is the process we are in now.”
The minister however, assured that the recruitment process will be transparent and accountable.
Also speaking during an interview with newsmen, the NIS Comptroller General Muhammed Babandede, said under his leadership, competency of the personnel would be given priority instead of number.
He said: “We know we need personnel but we are making sure that the personnel are doing their job well. I’m not worried about numbers now, we want quality number. We have officers in state and everywhere working and we want to make good use of them to work very hard but the recruitment is ongoing he Minister has told you.
“We are going to recruit young officers with priority of those who speak foreign languages such as French, Chinese, Arabic with priority to those who have ICT skills. We are complying with the national level to train quality and not just number.”