Tuesday, 1 April 2014

NIS Recruitment..You Must Refund N1000 To Applicants..House Of Reps Committee

The Chairman, Public Petitions Committee in the House of Representatives, Mr. Uzo Azubuike, Monday in Abuja insisted that the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro and authorities of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) must refund the N1,000 that were paid by each of the applicants that participated in the botched recruitment exercise that claimed about 18 lives across the federation.
Speaking at an interactive meeting that was organised by the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), working on rights and governance issues yesterday, described the recruitment tragedy as a national disgrace.
According to him, “it is very unfortunate that the applicants were not only exploited, but ended up losing their lives. How can they ask the applicants to pay N1000 each to participate in the recruitment exercise when funds needed for such exercise was already provided for in the budget.”
He said: "You cannot ask a poor Nigerian who has no job and is applying for a job he or she may not even get, to pay. It is a disgrace to the nation that people who came for the exam where struggling for the question papers and not answer sheet.
"They were treated like mere objects and not human beings. The National Assembly is already on the matter and we will make sure that justice is done for both the living applicants and the dead ones."
Azubuike, said the National Assembly had commenced the process of amending the laws that established the Public Complaints Commission with a view to empowering it to fight for the rights of Nigerians.
He regretted that till date, the PCC, still operated under Decree No. 31 which was  made by the military in 1975.
"Though that decree has since been incorporated into the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the Public Complaints Commission Act Cap. P 37, LFN, 2004, however, we are going to amend that Decree so as to reform the agency and bring it to conform with the present realities in our current democratic dispensation, without tampering with the security of the commission in the Constitution," he added.
In his address, the Chief Commissioner of the PCC, Justice George Idenyi Uloko, said the commission  was empowered to conduct proactive and reactive investigation into complaints lodged before it in respect of administrative actions of the federal, states, local governments, public institutions and companies incorporated under the Companies and Allied Matters Act, section 5(2) of the PCC Act.
Besides, he noted that CSOs and NGOs had expressed much concern over cost of litigation where organisations fail to oblige their request in accordance with the FoI Act, and the safety of Whistle Blowers.
"The PCC Act has been structured to tackle these problems. Section 5(3c) of the Act empowers the commission to visit any premises and have access to files and documents. Therefore if you report cases of denials of requests to us, rather than going to court, the commission can assist you to obtain such documents," he stated.

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  1. The Minster and the CGI are after the money not providing job for nigerians. Goodluck govt is the worset govt we ever had

  2. Under Jonathan's administration, the legislators are toothless bool. This kind of thing can not happen in a society where there're is conventional democracy. Check Ghana democracy and compare.