The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria is extremely grieved by the death of young Nigerians during stampedes at the recruitment exercise conducted by the Nigeria Immigration Service in Abuja, Lagos, Rivers, Minna, Gombe, and Benin on Saturday in which at least 7 people were confirmed dead.
Besides, we gathered that each of the applicants paid at least N1000 to sit for the examination.
The TUC, which has described the incident as a national disaster demands an immediate investigation into the matter.
“We are also of the opinion that government should probe the reported sums of money collected from these young Nigerians with a promise to give them employment. Sometimes we wonder why everything about us (Nigeria) is always ‘special’! Just few months ago some people lost their lives in Kwara State when they went to collect Sallah gifts in the house of late Olusola Saraki”, TUC said in a statement signed by President and Secretary of the union, Comrades Bobboi Kaigama and Musa Lawal.
“ As if not enough; last week in the FESTAC area of Lagos some people who were in a canoe going back home after the days job got drowned because of poor infrastructure. Needless talk about those that are daily killed by the Boko Haram sect in the North-East.
“How long are we going to continue to watch the lives of the youths of this country waste? What a needless pain we bear because of leadership indifference. Our fears now is that if this incident is not investigated whatever we have seen now might be replicated in the police, customs and other government agencies when they start recruitment”, the union said, adding that what has happened goes ahead to illustrate the level of unemployment in the country.
“That millions of youths that applied for less than 4,000 vacancies in NIS shows that the insecurity in the land is caused by joblessness”, TUC said.