OPEN LETTER TO MR PRESIDENT FROM THE NEWLY RECRUITED IMMIGRATION OFFICERS 2015

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 DEAR MR PRESIDENT,
This letter is not written in a spirit of untruth or half-truths
commonly published. Nor is it motivated in any way by political or
tribal bias. It is written with respect due your office and the
awesome tasks that have been laid on your shoulders.
We write as a patriotic citizen, as Nigerians who wants Nigeria to
achieve her set dreams and wants a great future for his children and
grandchildren.

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        A great man once  said ” The youths are the future of a
Nation. In their tender and loving hands, the future of the Nation is
entrusted . In their innocent hearts , the pride of the Nation is
enshrined. On their development, the salvation of the Nation is
dependent”.
Mr. President, the youths are the nation builders, We believe you
understand our frustration and
hardship as we continually struggle for gainful employment. We know
you have faith in our ingenuity, capability and creativity, that is
why you promised during your campaign to empower the youths and to
create jobs for them.
As a result, we will draw your attention to our plights the Nigerian
youths who were recently employed by the Nigerian Immigration Service
after a rigorous recruitment process.
We are currently being threatened with the loss of our jobs following
the recent suspension of Mr. David Parradang, the Comptroller General
of the Nigeria Immigration Service. This has sparked fear among us the
newly recruited officers and currently await your intervention in this
matter because we believe in you.
     We will like to shed light on some salient issues for the sakes
of emphasis. It’s our humble side of the whole story .
 As a result of the failed recruitment of march 15 of last year, that
led to loss of 15 lives, the Federal Government set up a Committee
known as The Presidential Committee to Assist in Immigration
Recruitment which was constituted on 26th March, 2014 by the former
President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR. The membership of that
committee includes;
1. The Chairman Federal Civil Service Commission (Chairman)
2. The Permanent Secretary (General Services) OSGF
3. The Comptroller- General of Immigration
4. The Representative of the Inspector General of Police
5. The representative of the DG Department of State Services
6. The representative of the Corps Marshal FRSC
7. The representative of the Commandant General Civil Defense Corps
8. The representative of the Controller- General Prisons
9. The representative of the Attorney General of the Federation
10. The representative of D G, Federal Character Commission
11. The representative of the Head of Service

The then Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. Anyim
Pius Anyim signed the terms of reference for this Committee, they are
;
i. To liaise with the Board to confirm the actual number of personnel
to be recruited
ii. To assist the Board by advertising the recruitment with a view to
starting the process afresh
iii. To assist the Board by processing the application, short listing
of potential applicants and conducting necessary interviews for the
purpose of the recruitment exercise
iv. To assist the Board by following all relevant laws, Public Service
Rules and guidelines to determine successful applicants and announce
their appointment into the NIS
v. To ensure that three family members of each deceased applicant from
the aborted exercise, at least one of whom should be a female are
given immediate and automatic appointment
vi. To ensure that all those injured are given immediate and automatic
appointment in the NIS.

After almost a year past, the vacancies were advertised on February 9,
2015, posted on the federal civil service commission’s website and
some other media as below:

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THE PRESIDENCY
PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTEE TO ASSIST IN IMMIGRATION RECRUITMENT
Pursuant to its mandate to assist the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration
and Prisons Services Board (CDFIPB) in conducting a fresh Recruitment
Exercise, the Presidential Committee to Assist in the Immigration
Recruitment Exercise, hereby invites application from suitably
qualified candidates for appointment into the following vacant
positions in the Nigeria Immigration Service:
VACANCIES
CATERORY A: SUPERINTENDENT CADRE – Assistant Superintendent of
Immigration II (ASI II) – CONPASS 08
CATEGORY B: INSPECTORATE CADRE – Assistant Inspector of Immigration
(AII) – CONPASS 06
CATEGORY C: IMMIGRATION ASSISTANT CADRE – Immigration Assistant III
(IA3) – CONPASS 03
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
Be a Nigerian citizen by birth or descent;
Not less than 18 years or more than 35 years of age;
Not less than 1.7 metres in height for male and 1.64 metres for female;
Have a fully expanded chest measurement of not less than 0.87 metres;
Be certified by a Government Medical Officer to be physically and
mentally fit for appointment into the Service;
Not suffering from any form of mental or physical disability.
Candidates with any of the following medical cases need not apply:
Sight problem;
Hearing difficulties;
Previous major orthopaedic operation;
Flat foot;
Fracture, stammering or any other natural disability;
Be free from any form of financial embarrassment;
Be of good character and must not have been found guilty of any
criminal offence;
CATERORY A: SUPERINTENDENT CADRE
Assistant Superintendent of Immigration II (ASI II) – CONPASS 08
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION Candidates applying for this position must have
obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University preferably
in the following disciplines: Geography, French/other Foreign
Languages, Humanities and other subjects relevant to Migration
Management.
CATEGORY B: INSPECTORATE CADRE
Assistant Inspector of Immigration (AII) – CONPASS 06
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION Candidates applying for this position must
possess any of the following:
National Diploma (ND) obtained from a recognized institution.
National Certificate of Education (NCE) from a recognized institution; or
General Certificate of Education (Advance Level) in two (2) subjects
obtained at one sitting or three (3) subjects obtained at two
sittings.
CATEGORY C: IMMIGRATION ASSISTANT CADRE
Immigration Assistant III (IA3) – CONPASS 03
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION Candidates applying for this position must
possess any of the following:
West African School Certificate (WASC) or Senior Secondary School
Certificate (SSSC) with Credits in not less than three (3) subjects
including English and at least passes in two (2) other subjects; or
National Examination Council (NECO)/General Certificate of Education
(GCE) Ordinary Level with passes in four (4) subjects obtained at one
sitting or five (5) subjects obtained at two sittings including
English Language.
METHOD OF APPLICATION
Qualified Applicants can complete the application online (PCs,
Laptops, Tablets and Smart-Phones)via FCSC Recruitment Portal:
http://www.nis.fedcivilservice.gov.ng
The web portal will be open to accept applications from Monday,
February 9th, 2015 through Sunday, March 22nd, 2015.
ONLY APPLICATIONS SUBMIITED VIA THE ABOVE WEB-PORTAL WILL BE
CONSIDERED FOR APPOINTMENT.
NOTE/DISCLAIMER
In accordance with the Terms of Reference of the Committee, this
recruitment exercise does not recognise any and all prior submitted
applications. To be considered for appointment, candidates must submit
fresh applications using the above referenced web portal.
NO PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION. ANY PERSON WHO SEEKS
TO SUBMIT APPLICATION OR OBTAIN APPOINTMENT VIA OTHER MEANS DOES SO AT
HIS/HER OWN RISK.
Honourable Chairman
Presidential Committee to Assist in Immigration Recruitment
Signed
Secretary to Presidential Committee to
Assist in Immigration Recruitment
For: Honourable Chairman

Note the application is free and must be done online
Method of Application
Click the link below to Apply
https://www.nis.fedcivilservice.gov.ng/#/vacancies

  Youths all over the country applied, those who met the stated
requirements were shortlisted for a Computer-Based Aptitude Test. The
test was conducted by Dragnet, a firm that specializes in handling
recruitment tests for reputable companies in Nigeria like Chevron,
Oando and others. The test was conducted between 20th and 24th of
April, in four different locations across the country :Lagos, Abuja,
ABU-Zaria and UNEC-Enugu.
    The candidates who passed the Computer-Based Aptitude Test were
then asked to report to the Service Commands in their various states
of origin for physical examination, document verification and oral
interview. this also happened between the 5th and 7th of may,2015.
The successful candidates were selected based on their total scores,
from the Computer-Based Aptitude Test, physical examination, document
verification and oral interview within their state of origin, in a way
that satisfied provision of Federal Character. We were then asked to
report to the various training schools for preliminary documentation
and collection of appointment letters on the 25th of May 2015. The
Level 3 cadres (Immigration Assistants) reported to Ahoada in Rivers
State, the Level 6 cadres (Assistant Inspectors) reported to Orlu in
Imo State, while the level 8 cadres ( Assistant Superintendents)
reported to Kano. The level 3 candidates (900 in number) and the level
6 (700 in number) were issued appointment letters while the level 8
candidates (400 in number) were given posting letters to their various
Service Commands, signed by the Comptroller of Immigration Service
(APU), Mr. Oyedeji TV, on behalf of the CGI. It reads: “I am directed
to inform you that the above named newly recruited personnel has been
posted to your command for attachment and induction with immediate
effect, pending when they will be sent for training.
2.The letter of appointment will be sent in due course.
3.Please acknowledge receipt and date which the newly recruited staff
reported to duty.”

 The Assistant Superintendents were not given appointment letter
because the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prison Board (CDFIPB)
who are in charge of issues relating to appointment and promotion of
officers in the superintendent cadre, refused to issue their
appointment letters. All the 2000 candidates were documented and given
Service Numbers.
 It is therefore surprising that the reports we read in the National
Dailies excludes the 400 recruited Assistant Superintendent Officers.
They reported 1600 instead of 2000 officers that were recruited into
the service
    Mr. President, we want to confidently tell you that the
recruitment process was free, fair, open and credible and that the
successful candidates are the ones chosen on merit. we are therefore
not surprised that perhaps some who could not field their candidates
through the back door are aggrieved and wants the recruitment
cancelled .
    Besides, the 2000 recruited officers have undergone three months
induction training in their various state commands. They have learnt
some nitty-gritty of the job; they were taught among other things, how
to strip and assemble fire-arms, the principles of marksmanship,
weapon handling and combat mindset. They have been equipped and
prepared for the job and are ready for service to their fatherland.
They were only waiting to be called to their various training schools
before they were dispersed and secretly sent home to avoid public
outcry.
Your Excellency sir, we cannot forget that phenomenal day, when we all
watched with enthusiasm our new president speak to us; where you said
among other notable things: “Unemployment, notably youth un-employment
features strongly in our Party’s Manifesto” which is to create at
least 1million new jobs every year, for the foreseeable future. We are
neither APC nor PDP members, we are Nigerian youths and upon this
ground we plead you to confirm the appointment of these 2000 recruits,
as it would reduce the number of the unemployed.
We trust your judgments as we hope to receive it in our favor.

Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Signed
2015 Recruits of the Nigeria Immigration Service

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