The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Friday has finally employed 888 applicants out of the 6.5 million applicants that applied for 2014 nationwide recruitment exercise.
This was contained in a statement by the NIS Comptroller General, (CG), Muhammed Babandede, while fielding questions from reporters.
According to him, the Civil Defence, Fire Immigration and Prisons Service Board, (CDFIPB), issued out guidelines for a fresh screening of only 2000 applicants whose names were published in Leadership and Thisday newspapers on August 15 and 16 2016 respectively.
Babandede disclosed that out of the 2000 applicants, a total of 1470 reported for screening while 888 met all the criteria and were therefore successful.
The breakdown shows that the number of Assistant Superintendent of Immigration ii is: 177, Assistant Inspector of Immigration is: 305 and Immigration Assistant 1 – immigration Assistant iii are: 406.
“The guidelines included: Age on rank, proper scrutiny of certificate, Physical fitness, drug free test, security clearance, good conduct/character and medical fitness.
“The screening exercise was carried out at the NIS Headquarters Abuja between August 29 2016 and September 6, 2016 and was opened to the press.
“The recommendations from the exercise have been submitted to the CDFIPB which on confirmation will be issued the provisional letters of appointment to the 888 successful candidates.
“The successful candidates will remain on probation in line with the Public Service extant laws until they are ensured that indeed they are drug free and of good conduct.
“For the successful applicants their names will be posted on our website on Monday. With this development the recruitment exercise has been regularized and the issue finally laid to rest.”
Recalled that the 2014 recruitment exercise generated lots of controversies after it claimed the lives of 16 applicants with several others injured at different venues.