EXCLUSIVE: 1.2 million applicants jostle for 1,112 Nigeria Immigration jobs

Immigration officers [Photo Credit: The Guardian]
Immigration officers [Photo Credit: The Guardian]

About 1.2 million applicants are presently competing to clinch 1,112 job openings to be filled by the Nigeria Immigration Service, PREMIUM TIMES can report.

PREMIUM TIMES had on Monday reported that the Service is recruiting 1,112 officers in its ongoing recruitment drive, according to its Comptroller General, Muhammad Babandede.

Speaking in an exclusive chat with PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, the Immigration boss said the service has received 1.2 million applications through its portal.

The ongoing recruitment exercise, which was announced in May 2017, is for three cadres of Assistant Superintendent of Immigration (II), Immigration Assistant (III) and Assistant Inspector of Immigration.

The Immigration comptroller general said the current recruitment drive is meant to fill the shortfall of slots left after the service had absorbed 888 of 2,000 officers engaged in May 2015.

Mr. Babandede said the computerised application system will prune down the number of applicants based on unmet criteria.

He said all those who have not met age or educational qualifications for the applied posts will be automatically disqualified by the system.

The recruitment exercise is the first since 2014 when a similar exercise was mired by controversy following a stampede that killed many applicants, including seven in Abuja. capital.

Mr. Babandede said the Service has learnt many lessons from the exercise conducted in 2014, where a number of applicants died, saying plans have been put in place to provide for a smooth process, by doing the screening and interviews in batches.

The Immigration boss also vowed not to favour any applicant in the competitive process, saying he will resist any attempt to influence the process by anybody.

“Everybody would have to go through the process. Nobody is going to influence anything,” he said.


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  • emmanuel

    Nigeria is a failed state.
    Less than 20% of employable Nigerians are unemployed. Over 70% of those supposedly self-employed are also unemployed – when an entrepreneur does not earn income in a long while and business capital has been eroded, such person is unemployed
    This country is a disaster in waiting. A man who is frustrated and see his useful life span wasting away is ready to join rebellion or violent agitation and i see that happening soon.
    The frustration is heightening by the day as Nigeria has finally entered into stagflation, which is worse than recession –
    a combination of very high inflation (prices) and recession!

    • Andrei Izmailov

      You hit the nail on the head

  • thusspokez

    About 1.2 million applicants are presently competing to clinch 1,112 job openings

    Even if a country’s unemployment rate were 50%,it would still not have over a one million genuine applications for job vacancies in any one organisation. I wonder, how many of those applications are multiplicate, e.g., duplicate, triplicate, quadruplicate, quintuplicate…and indeed treating the process as if one were buying lottery tickets.