The rally will hold on March 27.
The Joint Action Front, JAF, has declared March 27 a day of national mourning for those who lost their lives during last weekend’s Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, job recruitment exercise.
In a statement on Tuesday, the group also declared mass rally for the unemployed on the same day.
“Details of the mass rally, which will hold at the Nigeria Civil Service Union Secretariat, Alausa-Ikeja, will be made public subsequently,” said the statement signed by Dipo Fashina and Abiodun Aremu, Chairperson and Secretary respectively.
“JAF notes that the avoidable tragic death of March 15th is a reflection of the depth of the crisis of unemployment and the necessity for Nigerians to struggle for the replacement of the unjust capitalist system that encourages looting and corruption and concentrates wealth of Nigerians in few hands of the ruling class of exploiters at the expense of the deprived majority working people.
“This informed the declaration of JAF for a socialist transformation of Nigeria, which was the consensus of Nigerians in the 1986 nationwide Political Debate, as the political alternative,” the statement added.
Last weekend, about 20 people died after stampede ensued at some of the centres of the NIS recruitment exercise across the country.
While commiserating with families of the deceased, JAF attributed the tragic incident to the “prevalent unjust neo-liberal IMF and World Bank policies that is the root cause of over 50 million of youth unemployment and rising job losses and social insecurity in the country.”
Only 4,556 vacancies were advertised by the NIS, but over 600,000 applicants registered to write the recruitment test. Each applicant was required to pay a N1,000 processing fee to be eligible to participate.
However, in his reaction to Saturday’s tragedy, Mr. Moro attributed the deaths to the applicants’ “impatience.”
“The applicants lost their lives due to impatience; they did not follow the laid down procedures spelt out to them before the exercise,” Mr. Moro had said.
“Many of them jumped through the fences of affected centres and did not conduct themselves in an orderly manner to make the exercise a smooth one,” Mr. Moro had added.
JAF joined other Nigerians to call for the sack and immediate prosecution of Mr. Moro, the Interior Minister; as well as David Parradang, the Comptroller-General of Immigration.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, the Federal Government on Wednesday announced the cancellation of all similar ongoing recruitment exercise by its ministries, departments, and agencies, MDAs. It also offered automatic employment to three members each of families of the dead victims of last Saturday’s recruitment; while those injured will also get automatic employment.
Already, the Nigeria Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has commenced investigations into the NIS recruitment tragedy.
JAF, however, stated that such “ephemeral measures” do not address the fundamental root of the tragic deaths.
“The root cause has to do with Government’s policies of privatization and outsourcing of its responsibilities; which in its disregard for human life and in preference for private selfish greed and loots contracted the recruitment exercise to its cronies,” the group stated.
“As long as private selfish interest continues to hold sway as the driving force of the economy and politics in our country, so long will Nigerians be victims of economic policies and Ministerial appointments dictated by IMF and World Bank, so long will the millions of army of unemployed become victims of applicants’ invitation to interviews being levied,” the statement continued.
“JAF wishes to alert Nigerians that the rising rate of unemployment by over 2 million Nigerians entering the employment market annually, coupled with the continued collapse of industries, job losses and job insecurity should be instructive on why Nigerians should brace up for resistance against the capitalist’s neo-liberal IMF and World Bank policies.”
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