Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Mrs Rose Uzoma has described as false the recent media report on the recruitment in the service, saying no recruitment had taken place in recent times.
She said at a forum in Abuja that Nigerians would be notified before the commencement of the planned recruitment into the service.
She explained that 12 states were disadvantaged and did not have too many immigration officers on the nominal role of the service and the exercise would be used to attempt to correct the anomaly.
Last week the Minister of Interior, Mr Abba Moro, issued a statement cancelling ongoing recruitment exercise in the service citing “apparent controversy trailing the exercise.”
The minister also directed that all appointment letters issued and documentation carried should be cancelled until the Prison and Immigration Board meets to consider the waiver granted the NIS to recruit.
But Uzoma put the blame of the minister’s action on media report which she said falsely reported about an “ongoing recruitment exercise.”
“The recent publication gave a very wrong impression; I want to put it on record that the Nigeria Immigration Service has not issued a single employment letter to any Nigerian this season. It is only two weeks ago that we got approval from the office of the Head of Service of the Federation to recruit and even when we had that approval, my minister travelled out of the country.
“So, we are in the process of arranging this recruitment exercise. We needed also to get consent from the Federal Character Commission. We just got this approval from the Federal Character Commission on the procedures that we intend to adopt on the 24th”, she said.
The comptroller-general said that the story on the irregular recruitment was published on the same day the service received approval for recruitment from the Federal Character Commission, describing it as unfair and a move to malign her character.
Uzoma also said the employment statistics in the NIS showed that the North Central zone of the country topped the work force of the service with 5,144 employees; the South South zone 4,306 employees and the North West zone accounting for 4,089 employees.
The statistics also placed the South East zone in fourth position with 3,415 employees and the South West zone with 3,267 workers. According to her, the North East zone accounts for 3,095 employees. Uzoma, however, said Ebonyi was the most disadvantaged state followed by Zamfara, FCT, and Sokoto states. (NAN)