President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the cancelation of the recruitment exercise which resulted in a nationwide tragedy last Saturday.The move was announced by Mr Labaran Maku,minister of information after Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council,FEC meeting in Abuja.
According to Maku, “The President also took certain measures which he announced to Federal Executive Council.The first is that the Immigration exercise has been completely cancelled and he has directed that a new exercise will be conducted by a special committee under the chairmanship of the Chairman Civil Service Commission to conduct the recruitment exercise to fill the vacancies of the Nigerian Immigration Service.
“Other members of the committee as announced by the President are the Comptroller General of Nigerian Immigration Service, representatives of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Comptroller General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Comptroller General of Prisons Service, Director General State Security Service (SSS) and the Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC).
“These committee will proceed to conduct the exercise to fill the vacancies in the Nigerian Immigration Service. The President also directed that for the families of those who lost their dear ones, three spaces be provided for three young people one of which must be a woman in the new recruitment exercise.
The minister revealed that “The Federal Executive Council meeting today devoted its entire proceedings to condolences, to the families of young Nigerians that lost their lives in last Saturday’s tragic Nigeria Immigration Recruitment exercise.
“The FEC noted with grief and deep regrets the tragic loss of young Nigerians who died in different centers across the country in the ill-fated Nigerian Immigration Recruitment Exercise.
“The FEC in sending condolences to the families of the deceased and also in sending special wishes to those who are injured and still undergoing treatment in hospitals in parts of the country, expressed total regrets that this tragedy took place at all.
“Council members were full of grief when the issue was discussed at the FEC. We expressed our condolences to the President and Vice President and we indeed reassured Nigerians that all of us who have the privilege of serving this country at this time, are feeling the pains with the families of our young ones who lost their lives. We are parents and we know what this means to those who have had the opportunity to train their children and are waiting for the opportunity for these children to now take their place and help their families, only to lose them under this very difficult circumstances that took place on Saturday.
“We reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that this kind of tragedy does not repeat itself in this country.
At least 16 young unemployed men were killed during the stampede at various immigration recruitment centres in Abuja and other parts of Nigeria.No tags for this post.