25 December 2012

Nigeria: Moro Stops Recruitment in Immigration

Abuja — The Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro has directed that the ongoing recruitment exercise in the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) be cancelled following the alarm raised alleging lack of due process.

Moro in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. George Udoh, noted that the controversy surrounding the "secretive" recruitment exercise is enough to reconsider further action.

He said: "Following apparent controversy trailing the ongoing recruitment exercise in Nigeria Immigration Service, the responsible thing to do is to cancel the exercise until a more transparent, acceptable and effaceable platform is established to enlist qualified Nigerians into the service."

The minister directed further that all appointment letters issued and documentations carried out stand cancelled until the Civil Defence, Immigration and Prisons Service Board meet to consider the waivers granted Nigeria Immigration Service to recruit men and women into the service

"Finally, all recruitment into the services of the Federal Fire Service , Nigerian Prisons Service, Nigeria Immigration Service and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp are suspended until a more transparent exercise based on already established guidelines before such requirements will be conducted," he added.

Recalled that at the controversy had pitched the Comptroller-General of the service against other top shots in the Immigration, it was alleged that secret recruitments of personnel were ongoing in the service, a few months to Uzoma's retirement from the service.

According to top NIS officials, Uzoma with the assistance of a few of her trusted allies, had embarked on the task of recruiting over 5,000 Nigerians into the NIS and sidelining others in the process.

Similarly, sources within the NIS also revealed that there is alleged cold war between the Immigration boss and the Minister of Interior over some administrative issues.

The minister was purported to be in the habit of constantly interfering with the internal mechanisms and policy decision of the agency, the latest being an unreported row over the posting of senior officers of the NIS.

The sources alleged that the Moro ordered the Comptroller-General to withhold and withdraw the original posting list as was drafted by the Immigration hierarchy because of some personal interests.

"He later replaced them with his own approved lists. This is what we have been facing...undue interference," the source said.

Meanwhile, efforts to get a reaction from the minister on the allegations proved unsuccessful as he could not respond to calls and text messages sent to phone.

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