Moro Apologised For NIS Recruitment Tragedy

Moro Apologised For NIS Recruitment Tragedy

Minister of the Interior, Abba Moro, apologised to Nigerians and said he could not abdicate responsibility for the circumstances that led to 16 deaths during the recruitment into the Nigerian Immigration Service in eight centres in the country.

Moro said this on Thursday when he and Comptroller General of Immigration, David Parradang, appeared before the Senate committee on interior that investigates the issue. 

He said that the ministry and the NIS "made appropriate and adequate preparations" to save the agency from the negative image of job racketeering which had plagued it over the years, "but as most things in administrative and human conditions, the yield curve of expected outcome is mostly undefined".

In turn, the Secretary of the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services board, Sylvanus Tapgun, told the committee that funding was a major problem for the exercise.

According to Tapgun, the estimated cost of the event was N201mln, but consultant for the screening, Drexel Limited, released only N45mln while making some N710mln.

A permanent member of the board, Mustapha Zakariya, as well as Parradang, alleged that the unfortunate recruitment conducted by the NIS was not approved by the board.

Zakariya also said that the decision to hire the consultant that conducted the exercise was unilaterally taken by Moro.


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