Comptroller General,Nigeria Immigration Service, Mrs. Rose Uzoma
North-central, North-west dominate job slots
Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
The controversy trailing the alleged “secret” recruitment by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) may not abate anytime soon as the Comptroller General of NIS, Mrs. Rose Chinyere Uzoma, denied that the exercise ever took place.
Uzoma stated this thursday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, while conducting on-the-spot check exercise to ensure maximum alertness during the yuletide season.
She said the Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro cannot place embargo on the alleged ongoing recruitment as no recruitment exercise has commenced.
The Immigration boss said NIS had not recruited anybody as widely rumoured and reported, adding that the purported exercise to increase the personnel of the agency was only approved last two weeks by the Head of Service and Office Secretary for the Government of the Federation (OSGF).
She further added that though the process for employment would soon begin, no single appointment letter has been issued to anybody.
“I want to put it on record that NIS has not recruited anybody, recently. The purported exercise is just about to begin, no single letter of appointment has been issued to any Nigerian. So it is a real fabrication that we have been busy recruiting people from specific area of the country, as we are still working out the modalities and procedures. We only got the approval to recruit two weeks ago. So how could I have been recruiting for months?
“It is really true that we have been making effort to recruit more hands, because we actually need these officers especially for our land borders areas where we don’t have enough staff to mount these areas. So we have been asking government to give us more hands, and luckily the Head of Service just granted our request to recruit and do even replacement this time around,” she stated.
Moro, through his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. George Udoh, had issued a statement on Tuesday, cancelling the alleged recruitment going on at the NIS.
In the statement, he was quoted as saying: “That all appointment letters issued and documentation carried out stand cancelled, until the Civil Defence , Immigration and Prisons Service Board, meet to consider the waiver granted Nigeria Immigration service to recruit men and women into the service.
“...also directed that forthwith all recruitment into the services of the Federal Fire Service , Nigerian Prisons Service , Nigeria Immigration Service and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp are suspended until a more transparent exercise based on already established guidelines before such requirements will be conducted.”
Uzoma, while reacting to the minister’s directive to stop the purported employment, said: “You can’t stop what has not even started. I am yet to meet with the Minister (on this) because I only read it in the Newspapers. I am going to have a talk with him because we have not started, so you can’t cancel what has not even started.”
Continuing, she said: “I therefore assure Nigerians that they will be fully informed when the recruitment exercise begins.”NIS also provided a state-by-state and region-by-region breakdown of the origin of personnel of the agency in response to accusations by some aggrieved officials and Legislators that it was done to favour the South-east where the immigration boss hails from.
The records made available to the Journalists shows that contrary to the accusations that the highest beneficiary came from the North-central with 22 per cent of the 23,316 staff, while the North-west and South-south came second with 18 per cent respectively, South-east with 15 per cent, South-west 14 per cent and lastly North-east with 13 per cent.
Meanwhile, on the states basis, Imo State topped with 1,283 while Moro’s home state (Benue State) came second with 1,085; Delta 1,043, Kaduna 927, Kogi 916, Bayelsa 887, Kano 836, Edo 8228 Plateau 827 and Katsina 777 in that order; Ebonyi was represented with 253, while the home state of Uzoma (Abia) came 15th with 653 personnel.