Over 526,650 youths all around Nigeria left home on Saturday 15th March to write the Nigeria Immigration Service Aptitude test and training. These young men and women only wanted a chance for a better life but mayhem broke soon when so many of them who had paid 1000NGN weren’t allowed into the premises and those who got in were treated in the worst way possible. In the subsequent rush and stampede that ensued over 18 people lost their lives while many are still in th hospital.
The loss of lives is bad enough, but the words of the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro totally threw everyone off rather than take responsibility for their lack of foresight and mal-administration according to him “candidates died because of impatience”. The guts!…Were they impatient when 1000NGN was collected from them? Were they impatient when you lot knew you had just 3000 vacant positions but went ahead to allow over 526,650 applications (when we all know the people who would get the jobs weren’t even at the testing centers that day). Let’s do mathematics here:
1000Naira(application fee) + 500Naira(Kit fee) =1,500Naira/applicant
1,500Naira x 526,650 = 789975000Naira
Someone or some people made this much from innocent jobless youths and all Mr Moro can come up with is that they were impatient?
How will a government seek to profit from a malaise it created by charging helpless job seekers 1,000 Naira each? Why was a huge number of applicants invited for only 3000 vacancies?
Why was such a shoddy arrangement made for the test when so many people were invited? No medical team on ground, no civil defense officers, no policemen, just a bunch of clueless Immigration officers who used tear gas to disperse the crowd. Could the test not have been done in batches to avoid a stampede? What happened to the money made from this extortion?
These and many more questions are begging for answers.
An investigation into the needless deaths of our youth, under a government that has failed them in every respect, must seek to answer those questions and recommend ways to avoid a recurrence. At least if a government cannot create jobs, it must neither profit from its incompetence nor send the victims of its ineptitude to their early graves
We know Mr. President has called for automatic employment of 3 family members of the deceased and those injured immediately they are out of the hospital but offering jobs to the ancestors or yet to be born generation of the unfortunate victims is not enough,somebody needs to be taught a lesson for their greed afterall, another governmental body can decide to do the same and feel all they would get is a slap on the wrist.