NIS recruitment: I beg for your understanding – Moro begs Nigerians
By Ehi Ekhator
The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, has begged Nigerians to forgive him over the death of 16 applicants during the last Nigeria Immigration Service recruitment.
He made the appeal during weekend. He said he takes responsibility of whatever happened and added that the exercise turned deadly but was not meant to be that way.
He said “I think that I will ordinarily ask Nigerians for understanding in this matter, understanding the intention, understanding the motive behind the whole thing of an open, transparent recruitment exercise.
“That is the first of its kind into the services of Interior Ministry that was intended primarily to give employment to Nigerians, irrespective of their backgrounds, connections, contacts in government or the business circle,” he said.
The embattled Minister said that his intention was to correct the past errors by giving every Nigerians an opportunity to apply and get employed genuinely.
“For me, it is a personal loss because the exercise, in the first place, took place within the Ministry of Interior, organised by the Ministry and its services and so whatever consequences, positive or negative, that have come and in this instance, negative, I, as the Minister of that Ministry, under whose purview this exercise took place, where people lost their lives, certainly take full responsibility.
“I want to say repeatedly that the death of these young Nigerians who would have added value to human resource asset of this nation is highly regrettable. And for the families, I insist that my heart goes out to them because I am a father too.”
Moro denied having any disagreement with either the board or the Immigration Services’ official over the recruitment.