FG sets conditions for absorbing 2,000 sacked immigration recruits

THE Federal Government has set stringent conditions for absorbing the 2,000 “dispersed” Nigeria Immigration Service recruits allegedly done illegally by the last administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The applicants, who were recruited in February 2015, and subsequently sacked by the Federal Government while undergoing training had stormed the Ministry of Interior recently to protest their sacking and demanded their reinstatement into the NIS.

But the Comptroller General of Immigration Service, Mr Mohammed Babadende, who spoke at an interactive session with newsmen in Abuja, on Wednesday, said even though the recruitment was done illegally, he was committed to finding solution to the plight of the affected young Nigerians.

He disclosed that he had met with the representatives of the affected NIS recruits based on the approval of the Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazzau, and gave them some conditions for normalising their appointments.

Babadende noted that because of compassion for them as innocent people, “I gave them conditions under which their appointment could be normalised.”

The conditions he gave them were, first, their appointment could be normalised subject to vacancies; second, there has to be a budget for them and third, is the question of qualification as new conditions have been put in place by the government for recruitment into the Service.

He said: “I told them that their certificate must be verified; they must pass through security clearance, drug test and you can’t be 35 years and say you want to join the Service. They agreed and I’m going to meet with them on Friday again.