So You’re Mad About The Deaths At The Immigration Recruitment?

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This will be brief. Over 15 people died last weekend while undertaking a recruitment exercise or aptitude test to join the Nigerian Immigration. Others have written quite extensively (here and here) about the issue and expressed the outrage many Nigerians feel.

In the aftermath of the recruitment exercise, there has been debate over the actual amount collected by the Ministry of Interior/Nigerian Immigration Service. Some say 500 million naira others say over a billion. There are also rumors that out of the 5000 jobs on offer about 4000 have already been doled out to members of senate, governors, ministers and so on to bring their own candidates who can bypass the due process. Isnt that freaking awesome? And of course the main focus of the outrage is the Minister of Interior who had the gall and audacity to blame the candidates for what can be at best described as the shoddiest job of planning in the universe that resulted in the death of people.

Of course our own action president has called the Minister and Head of Immigration for a chat and promised to investigate the matter. That is all good and dandy. Firing them will help calm the outrage and I definitely recommend that but what laws and guidelines are in place to prevent such occurrences from happening again. I could be wrong but things like this have happened in the past, the only difference is that the Nigerian social media was not as active then and citizen reporting not as hot as it is. Yes we are outraged but we need to think up solutions.

I suggest an act or law that protects the rights of the unemployed. Companies need to be made to adhere to strict guidelines for conducting tests and interviews as well as crowd control in line with tenets of basic human dignity. Companies and agencies that are found to pack candidates like sardines in halls will be made to pay fines or sanctioned. I have been unemployed in this country and it is not pretty. We need channels of report for abuse and this extends beyond the case of the unemployed (think a phone number, email, twitter handle etc). Unemployment is huge in our country and until it is dealt with, the job market is a buyer’s market and as such companies will continue to treat the unemployed seeking jobs anyhow they want unless government and civil society groups step in to level the playing field and protect the rights of people. Otherwise even if we sack the silly Minister of Interior, who is to say the same tragedy wont happen in a few years with another recruitment exercise?

Anyway those are my two cents. Rest in peace to those who lost their lives in the NIS recruitment exercise.

How do we prevent this from happening again?

7 thoughts on “So You’re Mad About The Deaths At The Immigration Recruitment?

    aidee said:
    March 19, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Honestly, it is a big shame that this happened and in more than one state. We really have a long way to go as regards organization and fairness. To think that these people died for positions that some others with ‘connection’ have already gotten. Anyway, like we say ‘let’s leave matter for Matthias’…look on the bright side, bloggers will get more traffic all thanks to the news while I will spend the rest of the day skyping and checking out the latest Nigeria tragedy.

      Sir Farouk responded:
      March 19, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      *Hides Head in shame and collects his sub* Yes it does drive traffic but the way I see it we have a role to play in contributing to the discussion in adding awareness to issue. I heard on news that they have cancelled the recruitment let’s hope the second iteration of the recruitment exercise will done fairly and be more organized. Still think the minister needs to go though. I feel you, it’s like every day a new tragedy occurs in Nigeria. Sigh.

        aidee said:
        March 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm

        yes, it was canceled and hopefully the next one will be organized…trust bloggers to do their job. Thank God for the internet…

    Tola said:
    March 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    When half a million people show up at a job fair that offers only 5,000 it won’t matter how you do the math. Even if everyone was equally qualified and people were picked at random, literally 99% of the people who were hoping to get a job that day were going to walk home empty handed. It’s beyond tragic so many people lost their lives and it’s even worse that things have come to this.

      Sir Farouk responded:
      April 2, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      It seems it will only get worse with the conservative estimate of 1.8 million people entering the job market yearly. The unemployment issue is an emergency.

        Tola said:
        April 2, 2014 at 8:20 pm

        Hence the reason it doesn’t bode well for the future of the country. When the ish really starts hitting the fans, Boko Haram will be the least of our worries.

    nwagoodluck said:
    April 4, 2014 at 7:14 am

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    So You’re Mad About The Deaths At The Immigration Recruitment?

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