Minister of the Interior, Mr. Abba Moro, on Wednesday was left to his own fate as the Board of the Immigration Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence, Prisons and the Fire Service, denied being part of Saturday’s ill-fated Nigeria Immigration Service recruitment test, which claimed the lives of 21 Nigerian youths and left several others injured.
The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts heard from members of the board how the minister sidelined them in the recruitment exercise, which has been canceled by President Goodluck Jonathan.
A Commissioner on the board, Mr. S.D. Tapgun, who led some members and heads of agencies to the committee in Abuja, said only Mr. Moro and his team of consultants could explain how they came about the exercise.
Tapgun added, “The Interior Minister and the consultant he engaged for the exercise can tell Nigerians exactly what happened.
“Even the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service was not involved; he was not part of the recruitment at all and there was no board resolution to recruit anybody.
“When we, the members of the board, learnt about the recruitment, we wrote the minister that we are not in support of engaging the services of a third party to conduct recruitment for the Immigration service but he ignored our letter and went ahead to engage the consultant.
“The consultant fixed everything including a N1, 000 fee, which they claimed was administrative charge”, Tapgun added.
He further informed the House committee, which is chaired by Mr. Solomon Olamilekan, that the board members were prepared to face the minister any day to disprove any claim that he had board approval for the exercise.
According to him, 693, 000 youths applied for the jobs and paid N1, 000 each.
After listening to his submission, the committee resolved to summon Moro to explain how and where he got the approval to conduct the exercise.