40,000 applicants chase Nigeria Immigration’s 1,112 positions

Immigration Officers marching

Nigeria Immigration Service is recruiting 1,112 youths to fill vacancies.

But more than 40,000 applicants are scrambling for the jobs.

Interior minister, retired Lieutenant General Abduraman Dambazzau, made this known while addressing newsmen at the Immigration Service headquarters in Abuja after the presentation of a handbook on the presidential executive order.

The minister explained that the 1,112 applicants to be recruited is to complete the 2,000 approved in the abortive immigration recruitment exercise in 2014.

Those to be considered in the recruitment exercise, according to him, include youths who could speak foreign languages such as French, Chinese, and Arabic.

He added that special consideration will be given to applicants with adequate knowledge of information communication technology.

“There were two aborted Immigration recruitment that were done. The first one led to fatality and casualties. The second one was dispersed following discovery of so many abnormalities which two thousands of them were sent home.

“When we came in November 2015, we looked at the whole thing and we discovered for the second one that it was not all the faults of the candidates as such but it was the process that was followed.

“So, we wrote a memo to Mr President that we should recall those candidates, 2000 of them, so that we can reassess them and the President graciously approved that and we advertised in papers and I think about 1,500 or so reported and out of this number 888 qualified for that recruitment. Now the balance of 1, 112 is what we are working on now, that is the reason of the recent advertisement by the Nigerian Immigration Service to recruit that balance of 1,112 and this is the process we are in now,” the Minister said.

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