17 March 2014

Nigeria: Immigration Tragedy - Jonathan Pledges Thorough Investigation

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President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday said government would get to the root of Saturday's Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, recruitment tragedy which resulted in the death of about 20 applicants across the country.

Mr. Jonathan, who gave the assurance when he inaugurated the National Conference in Abuja, said he was set to take decisive action on the matter.

The President called for a minute silence in honour of those that lost their lives at the nationwide exercise, where close to 600,000 applicants turned up for the Immigration test.

"As we were preparing for this inauguration a very sad incident happened on Saturday.

"We are looking into the circumstances but we wouldn't want to bore you with the circumstances now," he said.

The President had earlier met secretly with the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, and the Controller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, David Parradang, for about 30 minutes at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Both men were in the Villa where they first met with the Chief of Staff to the President, Jones Arogbofa, for over two hours before meeting with the President.

At the conference, Mr. Jonathan urged the delegates to be constant and proactive in their search for fresh solutions to the challenges facing the country.

According to him, the challenges of 1956 are certainly not the challenges of 2014, and definitely not the challenges that the nation will face in years to come.

"It makes sense, therefore, that as the challenges before us evolve we must be constant and proactive in our search for fresh solutions.

"We cannot continue to proffer yesterday's solutions for today's problems," he said.

The President stated that the National Conference was being convened to engage in intense introspection about the political and socio-economic challenges confronting the nation.

He said it was also to chart the best and most acceptable way for the resolution of such challenges in the collective interest of all the constituent parts of the country.

"This coming together under one roof to confer and build a fresh national consensus for the amicable resolution of issues that still cause friction amongst our people must be seen as an essential part of the process of building a more united, stronger and progressive nation," he said/

About 492 delegates will be participating in the three-month deliberations of the conference.


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