The call for sack of Minister of Interior, Mr Abba Moro and Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr David Parradang following the recent death of applicants of NIS recruitment exercise has been condemned and described as premature.
Addressing a press conference in Jos, Plateau State, the member representing Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon Emmanuel Go’ar said as much as what happened was a sad and unfortunate development, it was too early to call for the heads of the duo seeing that investigations were still on to unravel the cause of the stampede that led to the deaths.
Similarly, Middle Belt Youths Vanguard has decried the high level of unemployment in the country, saying that the death of applicants in stampede during the NIS recruitment exercise was an indication that governments at all levels have been paying lip service to the problem of unemployment in Nigeria.
The youths vanguard, in a statement signed by the Chairman, Golit Pankimun and Secretary, Darshak Kassam, however urged the Federal Government not to hearken to the voice of those calling for the sack of Moro and Parradang.
Goâ€™ar said the emphasis should be on how to address the unemployment monster in the country.
â€œWithout mincing words, what happened at the NIS aptitude test last Saturday is an eye opener. The Federal government, we must admit, should address this time bomb, which has metamorphosed into a critical security challenge.â€
He said the service was overwhelmed by the sheer number that turned out for the exercise. â€œIn fact, even those who were not invited turned up for the test. By and large, it became insurmountable to be able to control the applicants that had converged at each centre. That was an indication of the situation that we could have avoided had government talked unemployment.â€
The youth vanguard said sacking of the duo will amount to overkill to punish the two government officials for the collective guilt of everybody.
The statement reads, “The recent tragedy at the immigration recruitment where some youths lost their lives is an evidence of the fact that government at all levels have been playing lip service to the problem of unemployment in the country. It is also symptomatic of the level of desperation to which Nigerian youths have been subjected to by government that was supposed to provide and care for them.
“However we view as mischievous is and misplaced the calls for the sack of the Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro and the Comptroller General of Immigration, Mr. David Parradang because the incident could not have happened if Nigerian youths were correctly engaged.
“Making the two officers suffer for the collective sins of all of us will be a simple transfer of aggression. What should be done is for the Federal Government to put in place sustainable employment opportunities for the teeming youths, who continue to graduate in the numbers every from year from higher institutions.”