Groups Express Satisfaction Over Immigration Recruitment Exercise

Abba-Moro

Akin Akande, Abuja

Despite the controversy that has trailed the recruitment process into the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), a coalition of Civil Society Organisations yesterday expressed satisfaction over the exercise.

The coalition, under the aegis of Coalition for Transparency after its meeting with the Minister of Interior and other officials of the ministry, said it was satisfied with the process and the transparency brought into the conduct of the exercise.

Addressing journalists at the weekend shortly after meeting with officials of the Immigration Service, Secretary and Public Relations Officer of the group, Comrade  Bassey Etuk and  Abubakar Ibrahim, said the coalition was convinced that the NIS recruitment exercise would be appreciated in terms of transparency and fairness this time.

The group described the e-recruitment exercise as a step in the right direction as previous exercise that was conducted manually got marred in controversy before its eventual discontinuation.

“The processing fee of one thousand naira meant to cover the cost of the scratch card to access the application site was also in good fate as it will save the applicants the cost of travelling to Abuja to submit their application as well as to avoid other inherent risks, accidents and unauthorized middlemen activities and other abuses (racketeering), just as it is our belief that the process of selecting the consulting company was devoid of any illegality and considered transparent,” it said.

The group urged the ministry to ensure compliance and strict enforcement of employment rules, calling on Nigerians to support any gesture that will promote transparency and accountability.

It said that the e-recruitment exercise in the ministry remained a solution to back-door means of getting employment for those who have people in high places in the government and society.

“We also acknowledged the dutifulness of Federal Character Commission to proffer a reasonable fee for the e-portal recruitment process and guidelines base on the federal character principle. We must finally submit that the interest, right and welfare of the Nigerian masses are our primary concern and we are committed to engaging the government for the interest of the masses,” the coalition said.

The Coalition was made up of the Nigerians in Diaspora for Peace and Economic Forum Initiative, Voters Registration Coalition, Good Governance Forum, Occupy Nigeria Peoples Forum, Anti Corruption International and a host of other civil society organisations.