Immigration Applicants Protest

Immigration Applicants Protest

The recruitment examination of Nigeria Immigrations Service is one that everybody will be talking about for a while due to the alarming number of people who turned up for it.

Apparently, the rowdiness of the exercise wasn't felt in the examination centers alone, as the frustration of the applicants was extended to the roads of Lagos.

Some of the youths  at the Lagos Centre of the immigration recruitment examination held yesterday in Lagos went on the rampage shortly after the examination, causing heavy traffic congestion on Western Avenue, Ikorodu road and other nooks and crannies of Lagos.

The applicants reportedly seized all roads leading to the National Stadium venue of the test in protest, shortly after they were told it has been postponed. The young job seekers asked that their N1000 processing fee be returned to them, hence they won’t be returning back home any time soon. The protest took place for several hours with the candidates chanting anti- government songs and blocking major roads.

According to reports, at least 100, 000 job seekers came out for the screening test which was supposed to hold at the 45,000-capacity National Stadium.


Meanwhile, some people have called on the Minister of Interior, Mr. Abba Moro that the N1000 processing fee was uncalled for, and with about 6,000,000 candidates they will be making N6,000,000,000.  But the minister explained that the N1,000 was charged by the consulting firm to defray cost of accessing the website to fill forms.

The confusion started very early in the morning, when the candidates were seen in thousands loitering around the Teslim Balogun Stadium and the National Stadium in Surulere.

Majority of them were sitting on bare floor under the bridge and causing heavy traffic obstructions even with the intervention of police and road traffic officials team on duties.

The situation worsened after some of them had finished their exams. The youth trooped to the top of the bridges.  One of the candidates said their annoyance was the shoddy arrangement for the examination.

They caused huge traffic congestion, leading commuters to wait endlessly for public transport. The few commercial buses available jerked up their fares to different destinations.

A woman in her forties said she had been waiting at Mushin Bus stop for several hours before deciding to trek to Masha-kilo in Surulere.

Another woman said, “we are suffering and because of immigration exams. I’m sure these candidates are just writing the exams for the fun of it because how many of them will really get employed.”


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