Photos : Immigration Exam Stampede Nation Wide

At least 15 job seekers lost their lives while several others sustained injuries across Nigeria during a nationwide job screening test administered by the Nigerian Immigration Service to fill some 3,000 positions in the immigration department.

The number of Nigerian Youths that went to the various test locations was estimated to be about 2 million.

Authorities of National Hospital, Abuja, on Saturday confirmed seven persons among 67,000 Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) job applicants in the FCT dead.

In Imo State, No fewer than 10 applicants, including three expectant mothers, fainted while waiting for the commencement of the test.

In Benin 3 Pregnant Women Die, 20 Others Injured

In port Harcourt four dead and many other injured

Why can’t NIS do their screening online to reduce the number of applicant? Why can’t they organise their exam by badges?

Meanwhile , NANS Condemns NIS Youth Deaths, Calls For Sack of Minister, Comptroller General
The demand is contained in a statement signed by Pedro C. Obi, Public Relations Officer, in reaction to last Saturday’s death of several youths at various NIS job centres across the country.
Expressing total shock and bewilderment over NIS exercise, the students criticized the officials for gross incompetence and lack of common sense.

Below is the statement:

- Calls for the sack of the Minister of Interior Affairs and Comptroller General of Immigration Service:
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Zone B, still in total shock and bewilderment wish to express its anger over what was tagged a screening exercise by the Nigerian Immigration Services across Nigeria on Saturday, 15 March, 2014.
The overall turnout of millions of Nigerian youths as job seekers for a mere 3,000 job slot in the Nigerian Immigration Services is another attestation of the present pathetic situation facing our youths and graduates in Nigeria. The death of innocent Nigerians and the numerous injuries recorded at the National Stadium, Abuja and other parts of the country is an axiomatic representation of civil servants inability to handle even a mere recruitment screening exercise, how much more of effectively handling the offices they have been manning for the past years.
In as much as we believe that the administration of His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GCFR) is committed in bridging the youth unemployment gap in the nation, we at NANS are still confused at how Mr. President intends to achieve this. With the recent turnout recorded at the immigration job screening centers, every Nigerian student, from basic to university level will not only be skeptical of their future but will equally be making out second plans on economic survival knowing already that a decent job awaits them not in this country called Nigeria!
The recent charade called screening in the Nigerian Immigration Service is a clear confirmation that the Nigerian Immigration Services chiefs and in extension the Minister of Interior Affairs, Hon. Abbah Moro, have failed in their primary duty to provide an enabling environment for all applicants to participate in the aptitude test without pandemonium.
NANS see no reason why the applicants could not be shared or rather split into batches to avoid such ugly incidence, knowing fully well the number of applications recorded for the exercise. It is just another show of shame and failure in the usual style synonymous with the Nigerian civil servants. There are also rumours of each applicants paying one thousand Naira (N1000) for this job as part of processing fees. NANS wish to know why and how such monies will be spent knowing fully well that over one Billion Naira (N1Billion) must have been received if a million persons had applied alone as rumoured.
On this note, NANS call on the Federal Government to carry out a thorough investigation into this ugly incidence to forestall future occurrence as the Nigerian youths and the Nigerian students in particular would not take it likely with any of such agencies who fails in its duty to the Nigerian people in the future.
We also call for the immediate sack of the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration, David Shikfu Parradang, and the Minister of Interior, Mr. Abba Moro over their gross incompetence and lack of common sense that has led to the death of several Nigerian youths.
We mourn the death of the victims, whom out of high hope and patriotism to contribute their quota to their fatherland have had their lives cut short by the nonchalant attitude of the Nigerian Immigration Services.
We pray for their soul to eternally rest in Peace now and forever more... Amen.
Sign: Comr. Pedro C. Obi,
P.R.O. NANS Zone B.

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