At least 1,112 Nigerians are to be employed into the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) in its ongoing recruitment drive, an official said.
The Comptroller General (CG) of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede made this known on Monday during a chat with the media.
The CG disclosed that the current recruitment drive was meant to fill the shortfall of slots left after the service had re-absorbed 888 of 2,000 officers engaged in May 2015, who were later disengaged in August of the same year.
This is after a similar exercise was marred by a stampede that killed many applicants, including seven in Abuja, the nation’s capital in 2014.
The current recruitment exercise, which was announced in May, 2017, is for three cadres of Assistant Superintendent of Immigration (II), Immigration Assistant (III) and Assistant Inspector of Immigration.
The Comptroller General further admitted that a huge lesson has been learnt from the exercise conducted in 2014, saying plans have been put in place to provide for smooth process, by doing the screening and interviews in batches.
“I inherited a big problem when I came on board with a lot of young officers protesting on the streets about the recruitment that was cancelled in 2015,” he said, making reference to the 2,000 officers that were fired by the Muhammadu Buhari administration in August, 2015.
He said although the 2,000 persons were employed to correct the 2014 impasse, their recruitment did not follow due process as they were issued offer letters without due process being followed.
The Comptroller General said it was based on his recommendation that the sacked 2,000 officers were re-screened to verify their credentials and security reports.
At the end of the exercise, he said, the Immigration Board authenticated and reabsorbed them back to the service.