Thirteen months after 18 job seekers died and several others injured in a nationwide recruitment into the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, the Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro has said the incidence remained a regrettable moment for him.
The minister also submitted that the incidence had robbed the ministry of the achievements recorded during his tenure.
Moro, who stated this yesterday in Abuja while presenting his score card, insisted that the intention for the exercise was genuine but the implementation faulty, and pleaded for understanding from the families of those who lost relatives in the process.
“The intention of that exercise was to correct the allegations of job scams amongst the agencies under the ministry of interior.
“The intention was noble but the implementation was faulty resulting to loss of lives. So, that exercise remains a regrettable moment for me. I appeal to relatives who lost loved ones during the exercise for understanding.
“If I had the opportunity of carrying out another recruitment I would do same but with a different approach,” Moro said.
Moro, while lamenting the inability to complete some of the reforms that were initiated to improve services in the ministry and its agencies due to dwindling resources before the May 29 handover date, however hoped that since government is a continuous process, the incoming administration would find it expedient to complete the ongoing reforms.
He revealed that the ministry had generated about N51billion from the sales of passports from 2011 when he took over as minister to 2015. He added that the ministry also generated USD5 billion from off shore revenue.
While calling on Nigerians to support the next administration, Moro said the ministry would continue to do its best to generate revenue for the government.
Speaking further on various issues of passport scam at the NIS, the minister warned that all erring officers would be sanctioned.
“An investigation is currently ongoing about some of the officers and if found guilty serious action will be taken on them.”
Speaking on the new visa policy of the service, the minister said the policy had been reviewed to ensure issuance of passports at the point of entry.

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