Immigration Stampede A National Disaster – TUC

AN OFFICIAL OF THE NIGERIAN IMMIGRATION SERVICE CARRYING ON HIS BACK, A FAINTED FEMALE APPLICANT DURING THE SERVICE'S RECRUITMENT IN IBADAN ON SATURDAY (15/3/14).
AN OFFICIAL OF THE NIGERIAN IMMIGRATION SERVICE CARRYING ON HIS BACK, A FAINTED FEMALE APPLICANT DURING THE SERVICE’S RECRUITMENT IN IBADAN ON SATURDAY (15/3/14).

As reactions continue to trail the death of scores of job-seekers during a stampede at the recruitment exercise conducted by the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, on Saturday, the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has described the incident as a national disaster that shows the critical state of Nigeria’s unemployment.

The TUC also called for full-scale investigation into the matter, while also commiserating with the families of the dead.

At least seven applicants were confirmed dead at the National Stadium, Abuja, one of the venues for the tests conducted simultaneously by the NIS across the nation yesterday.

TUC president Comrade Kaigama Bobboi, said the medical bills of those wounded during the stampede must be taken up by government.

He said, “There is also need to probe the amount collected from these young Nigerians. Because this is just Immigration. Whatever you see now will be replicated in police, customs and other government agencies.

“This goes to show the level of unemployment in the country. Our heart goes to the families of those who lost their lives. May God grant them the fortitude to bear their loss”.

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