Imminent Sacking Of 1600 New Recruits Into The Nigeria Immigration Is Causing Tension In The Service And Among The Recruits
The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) is set to rumble as about 1600 mid-level officers, recruited into the service, in May 2015, have been asked to leave. This followed the suspension, with immediate effect, of the Comptroller General of the Service, Mr. David Parradang, by President Muhammadu Buhari, following the exercise.
A circular signed by HY Malgwi, a Deputy Comptroller of Immigration, dated August 20, 2015 conveyed the sacking order to all state Comptrollers of Immigration. The circular stated that the sacking was with immediate effect.
It also warned the State Comptrollers against allowing the process to degenerate as they would be held responsible for any act of breach of peace occasioned by the exercise.
The circular, titled ‘Re: Staff Recruitment Into Nigeria Immigration Service’ with reference number NIS/S/1828/1/193 read: “I am directed to refer you to the above subject matter and invite you to disperse forthwith, all candidate who were issued appointment letters following the conclusion of the recent recruitment exercise by the Presidential Committee To Assist In Immigration Recruitment’. “You are required to ensure that this interim arrangement pending further directives does not result in any breach of the public peace in your command.
“This is for your immediate compliance please”. The UNION learnt that recruitment of mid level officers into the Immigration service was concluded in May and appointment letters given out to 700 Assistant Inspectors of Immigration and 900 Immigration Assistants on May 25, 2014 at the different state commands.
The recruitment was conducted by the Presidential committee to assist in Immigration recruitment. The appointment letters were also said to have been signed by secretary to the Committee. Candidates for the recruitment were taken through a computer based aptitude test, physical examination, document verifications and oral interview.
The UNION also gathered that appointments were made based on aggregate score of all test modules. Those recruited were also to assume work on CONPASS 08 after training. Another circular signed by Oyedeji TV, a Comptroller of Immigration Service (APU), and sent to all state commands, disclosed that the recruits were sent to the state commands for attachment and induction.
“I am directed to inform you that the above named newly recruited personnel have been posted to your command for attachment and induction with immediate effect pending when they will be sent for training”, the circular read adding that “the letter of appointment will be sent in due course”.
The UNION also gathered that the recruitment was sole reason Mr. Parradang was suspended even without a query. A letter dated August 21, 2014 and written on the letter head of Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board with reference number CDFIPB/IMM/348/Vol.1/54 titled ‘Letter of Suspension’, hinted that Parradang was shown the way out of service for the recruitments.
The letter reads: “I am directed to inform you that you have been found to have issued out letters of appointment of seven hundred (700) Assistant Inspectors of Immigration and nine hundred (900) Immigration Assistant III into the Nigeria Immigration Service without approval; and you refused to take necessary measures to correct the wrongdoing despite repeated advice given to you as conveyed in letters reference no FMI/PSO/001/III/402, of 11th June, 2015 and Ref. No. FMI/ PSO/001/III/411 of 14th June, 2015.
“Having considered the above mentioned acts committed by you to mean deliberate disregard to the extant laws, insubordination to constituted authority and improper behaviour inimical to the Service that is unbecoming of a public officer, I am to inform you that you have been suspended from Office with immediate effect.
“While you await further instructions, you are to hand over the affairs of your office to the most senior officer in the Nigeria Immigration Service”. The letter was signed by AA Ibrahim listed as director/secretary of CDFIPB.