President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has approved the composition and mandate of the Special Presidential Committee to assist the Civil Defence, Fire Service, Immigration and Prisons Board to re-conduct the aborted recruitment into the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS),a statement by Anyim Pius Anyim, Secretary to the Government of the Federation said on Wednesday evening.
The composition of the Committee is as follows:Chairman, Federal Civil Service Commission -Chairman;Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service-Member
;Representative of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation – Member;Representative of the Commandant-General, NSCDC -Member;Representative of the Comptroller, Prison Service – Member;Representative of the Corp Marshal, FRSC- Member;Representative of the Director-General, DSS – Member and Permanent Secretary, Special Duties (OSGF) – Member/Secretary
The Terms of Reference for the Committee include : “To liaise with the Civil Defence, Fire Service, Immigration and Prisons Board and confirm the actual number of personnel to be recruited;
“To assist the Civil Defence, Fire Service, Immigration and Prisons Board by re-advertising the recruitment into the NIS with a view to starting the recruitment process afresh;
“To assist the Civil Defence, Fire Service, Immigration and Prisons Board by processing the applications, short listing potential candidates and conducting the necessary interviews for the purpose of the recruitment exercise;
“To assist the Civil Defence, Fire Service, Immigration and Prisons Board by following all relevant laws, public service rules and guidelines, to determine successful applicants and announce their appointment into the NIS;
“To ensure that three family members of each deceased applicant from the aborted exercise, at least one of whom should be a female, are given immediate and automatic employment in the NIS; and
“To ensure that all those injured during the aborted exercise, are given immediate and automatic employment in the NIS.
The Committee has twelve (12) weeks to conclude this assignment, the statement said.
At least 19 young Nigerians were killed in the stampede nationwide at various Immigration recruitment centres recently, a development that caused great outrage and a loud call for the sack of Interior Minister,Abba Moro.