Comptroller-General, Nigerian Immigration Service, Mrs. Rose Uzoma
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) yesterday denied the allegation that it had started the recruitment of new officers let alone observing favouritism in its selection.
According to a statement signed by the NIS Public Relations Officer, Joachim Olumba , the management of the service has suspended all processes for the engagement of new officers to enable it investigate allegations of nepotism which they said trailed the process recently.
He agreed that the service commenced recruitment of new members few months ago, adding that it was not concluded because of the need to adhere to laid down guidelines especially as it relate to merit, federal character and competence.
The statement said the agency received due approval from the office of the Head of Service (HOS) of the federation to engage more hands to meet with the requirement of its operation around the country. “This is to enable it carry out the security of the borders because of the new concern on national security. “We have not recruited yet in NIS. Our attention has been drawn to some misleading reports in the media alleging lopsidedness in the recruitment of new entrants into the service.
“However, it is important to point out clearly that as at today (yesterday) no recruitment has been done by the service in the outgoing year.
The process of engaging new hands to meet with the current requirement of its operation began a couple of months ago and is yet to be completed due to the need to ensure that merit, competence and federal character requirements are adhered to.
“The NIS as the agency of the Federal Government responsible for policing the borders, is desirous of implementing Federal Government directives on the security of our borders, hence it sought and obtained the approval of the Office of the Head of Service,” Olumba stated.