The Nigeria Immigration Service has finally employed 888 applicants who met its criteria out of the 2000 aggrieved applicants who had been protesting against their dismissal from the service while undergoing training.
The Comptroller-General of the NIS, Muhammed Babandede, who gave the information at a news conference on Friday in Abuja, stated that out of the 2,000 applicants, a total of 1,470 reported for screening while 888 met all the criteria and were therefore successful.
A breakdown shows that those recruited included Assistant Superintendents of Immigration II, 177; Assistant Inspectors of Immigration, 305; Immigration Assistant I –and immigration Assistant III, 406.
Babandede said 530 applicants did not report for the screening exercise, while some pregnant women were also recruited because they met all the criteria of engagement into the NIS.
According to him, the successful candidates met the necessary criteria, including physical fitness, security clearance, good conduct/character and medical fitness.
He said, “The recommendations from the exercise have been submitted to the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Service Board, which will on confirmation issue the provisional letters of appointment to the 888 successful candidates.
“The successful candidates will remain on probation in line with the Public Service extant laws until they are certified drug-free and of good conduct.”PUNCH.