Senate Begins Investigation Into The Tragedy During NIS Recruitment Exercise
The Senate committee on interior on Tuesday begins a two-day public hearing into the stampede that left 19 people dead during the aptitude test for the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) in Abuja on March 15.
The Senate in its resolution dated March 19 mandated the committee chaired by Senator Abubakar Bagudu to investigate the circumstances that led to the tragedy and submit a report within two weeks.
The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, and the Comptroller General of the NIS, David Parradang, are expected to appear before the Senate committee on Thursday and Friday.
The Senate also tasked the executive to come up with a marshal plan to tackle the rate of unemployment in Nigeria.
Last Tuesday the Senate had condemned the NIS recruitment tragedy, which resulted in the death of 19 applicants, four pregnant women among them.
During the debate on the motion by Senator Bagudu, many senators had called for the immediate sack of the minister who, it was alleged, had hijacked the functions of the Comptroller General of Immigration.