One year after, Jonathan gives Immigration Recruitment victims’ families money, jobs

A year after pledging jobs to families who lost loved ones during a deadly recruitment by the Nigeria Immigration, President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday, finally, handed out money and appointment letters to the beneficiaries.

Mr. Jonathan gave N75 million (N5million to each family) as well as employment letters to families of those who died in the botched exercise.

Fifteen applicants lost their lives in multiple stampedes across job recruitment venues across the country, as hundreds of thousands thronged the stadia used as examination venues, to vie for the jobs.

Despite the scandal that followed, as it became clear the Minister of Interior, Patrick Abba Moro, was behind the sloppy handling of the exercise, Mr. Jonathan has refused the fire the minister, a close ally of the Senate President, David Mark.

A Senate investigation into the matter confirmed that Mr. Moro singlehandedly selected a company to conduct the recruitment, violating government rules.

Worse, the firm, Drexel Limited, charged each of the more than 500,000 candidates, N1000, for the examinations they eventually did not write.

Mr. Jonathan retained the minister and also refused to order that the money be refunded.

The president merely cancelled the exercise and promised jobs to families of the victims.

Even that pledge has taken a year and public outcry to be fulfilled.

On Friday, each of the families of the deceased was handed a cheque of N5million naira each, while three family members were given employment letters.

Speaking shortly after, Mr. Jonathan said the incident will never repeat itself.

“I promise this country that such will not happen again. This will be the last of such things,” he said.

Mr. Jonathan said the money given to the families of the deceased should not be seen as compensation because it cannot replace the lives lost.

The Comptroller General of the Immigration Service, David Paradang, told journalists that out of the 45 candidates due employment beneficiaries, 10 had to be replaced because they did not meet the criteria of the service.

He explained that some of them were shorter than required, overweight or over-aged adding that the families of the 10 were asked to bring replacement for their slots.

He noted that some of those who are graduates were employed as Assistant Superintendent, those with National Certificate of Education, were employed as Assistant Inspectors, while those with the West African School Certificate, were employed as Immigration Officers 3.

The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, said the government accepts the incident as an act that was not planned for.

He said those wounded in the exercise will not be forgotten adding that they will be included in the second phase recruitment which is ongoing till May.


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  • Akanji92

    Election campaign again on the graves of innocent ones.

  • Arabakpura

    Abba Moron and Jonathan; the wicked will never go unpunished!

    • Kessy Toks

      AMEN

  • djay

    Gej could as well be seen as a wicked president.

    • McAlfred Uta

      Is GEJ wicked for offering financial assistance and employment to the families of the deceased. Why not moderate your comment and situate your comment on Abba Moro who circumvented Immigration Authorities during the botched exercise. I am not happy that he remains Minister to date because the blood of the innocent lives lost will continue to haunt him daily.

      • Ukpaka

        Take a chill pill. Abba Moron, GEJ……….different sides of same coin.
        Weeks to election, he remembers to compensate the victims. The over 500 million naira collected was never returned to the owners. What a government we have.

      • Kessy Toks

        JONAH IS BRAIN DEAD,,IF NOT HE WOULD HAVE SENT MORO PACKING,,LOOK AT MOROS FACE AND U SEE A DRUNKARD AND A WEED SMOOKER,,SO LIKE JONAH LIKE MORO,,BIG FOOLSSSSS

      • udemeobong

        Your logics don´t fit with the reality. So why not contemplate on what to do. Just doesn´t make sense the type of people like you who keep supporting evil. Who Jonathan and what roles does he has as a president of a country with muti-ethnic-background with no job, electricity, security, health, good roads, telecommunication etc and yet you are coming here to defend. Are been paid for it, cause at this time many people are landing lucrative jobs from mr. presido and forgot immediately where they even come from??? Think my brother think before others will think for you…..

  • Davide

    Abba Moron the Inferior Minister

  • favourtalk

    GEJ thinks we are fools in nigeria, we can’t continue this way. We need change

  • tundemash

    The rogues Jonathan and Abba Mor0n still owe those immigration candidates a balance of N425m (N500m-N75m).
    Only the d@ft will not see this as another desperate move by a drowning cl0wn. When is he paying back the balance of the money they fraudulently collected from the candidates ?

    Murder cases have no expiring dates; Abba M0ron and Dumbo Jo will face criminal justice after May 29th !

  • yeko

    Political gimmick and desperation. Amnesty for BOKO HARAM on the way.

  • Guguru

    Jonathan simply calculated that the total cost of a life in Nigeria is N5 million. Jonathan’s PDP also calculated that cost of bribing Nigerians to change their vote is N10,000 and a bag of rice. PDP is the first entity in Nigeria to place a cost on anyone’s life in Nigeria. Why is Jonathan amazing? He is the first President with the ability to communicate with ghosts—-he reached a cease-fire with Boko Haram, an organization he says are ghosts. Jonathan is now the first President to say that a life in Nigeria is worth N5 million.

  • Dazmillion

    Jonathan when would Patrick Abba Moro face justice for his crimes?

  • Psalm 35

    Jonathan does not listen,he does not listen to his true well wishers and people that sincerely love and wish him well and that is why things are hard for him today.Today he is doing so many things his well wisher begged him to do so many months ago but it may be too late;it is clear he has seen the hand writing and of course as C in C he must have been debriefed on the feelings of Nigerians especially as election day approaches.This is a lesson for us all,always listen to people who have nothing to gain from you.Abba Moro should have been sacked and jailed and these families compensated long time ago with full refund to all candidates.Look at Boko haram,almost virtually wiped of the NE just within 4 weeks,why wasnt this done with vigour over the last three years?Why did it take an election for this to be done quickly and efficiently?Isnt the blood of the innocent victims crying out to GOD?It is painfully sad,very very sad that a President who emerged with enormous goodwill cutting across the nation has frittered it away due to weakness,cluelessness,deliberate lethargy and cowardice.

    • Allayes

      Thank God for elections. Imagine what would have happened with a straight 6-year term.

    • 9jaboys

      Well said, my Bro…So, God help us……….

  • richkid

    GeJ is civilised and understanding. Somebody like Gmb will never grant you this. He has no value for Educated people. For he isn’t educated. Thank God for GEJ. GEJ all the way come 28 he continues

    • BigMa

      Shame, shame shame. If you cannot see the shameful act of not punishing the perpetuators of crime while compensating the victims, then you have no conscience and sense of justice. What happens to the N1,000 paid by each of those unemployed Nigerians? If you cancel and event, is it not proper to refund those who paid for it? 419 at the highest level.

      • richkid

        He is the president he is not efcc. This is democracy

    • Musbau Hamzat

      Why waiting till now after one yr. If one of the victims are your family you will not be saying this.He is civilized in corruption and appointed criminals in the helm of affairs. I know most of your relatives that are graduate are still looking for job that is why hide your name so that they can not curse you. Hypocrite!!!

      • richkid

        You don’t say that! There is a time you give this money it will be like your exchanging money for there lives. At least this marks there one year remembrance. GEJ is a planned man please

      • richkid

        Apc won’t let people work only to be sabotaging GEJ’S GOVT. He sacked 11 of his ministers some time ago, why! Sabotage. Coniving with america even England because of gay act. America will claim to try to help but do otherwise,. My brother don’t sale you vote. GEJ meant well for you and me

    • Kessy Toks

      I TINK UR BRAIN IS DEAD AS GEJ TOO,,AM SURE U ARE A CARPENTER OR ROAD SIDE MECHANIC,,IDIOT

      • richkid

        it’s a pity how your looking brighter than your future after been employed to just course people here by apc. I see you want a bit of what your ancestors faced in Buhari’s hand then

  • KAL

    Dividends of democracy and transformation agenda at play! May every month and day be electioneering campaign days oo!

  • Abel Sodolamu

    It is high time for Nigerian to vote the government that has no plan,vision,accountability and calculation out of power, if the government has perform their duties and obligations for the citizen such incident will never occurred but when you have a corrupt government what can someone expect.

  • udemeobong

    Hurray!!! Elections time, blessings time!!!! How wicked?

    • 9jaboys

      Hahahah I loved your comment how wicked? exactly

  • Kessy Toks

    PLS CAN SOMEBODY TELL ME WHERE THE 1000 NAIRA APPLICATION FEE WENT TO?AND HW MUCH WAS REALISED FROM D SALE OF FORMS…SO GIVING THEM 5M EACH IS RUBISH,,I KNOW FOR SURE D BENEFICIARY OF D MONEY WILL NEVER VOTE FOR DIS WICKED SOUL CALLED GEJ

  • August January

    What does Jonathan and PDP take Nigerians? Maybe they think everyone in Nigeria is mumu. What of if his electoral forture had not dwindled? What of if the election had taken place on 14 February? Only mumu would hail Jonathan for this last minute propagandist, campaign strategy. The president doesn’t bloody care about the masses or what they think about him

  • Onike24

    Does this mean, each life was worth only 5 million Naira? I have lost all hope that Jonathan has any conscience.

    • August January

      Jonathan is a curse! Anyone who praises him for this is mumu all the way

  • chinwe davis

    he isn’t paying them for the lives lost , just to console, its not easy we know that,

    • Emmie

      he’s doing all this cos of the election .. part of campaign. if its not election period do you think he would have done it ?

  • people just like to complain for everything, if he hadn’t done it, they will say he couldn’t even do anything to compensate, people will never be satisfied.

  • Did Obj ever remember to compensate the families of those–who died while attending the recruitment exercise of NIS—from Edo to Lagos—–even those who were killed——–during the post-election riot by Buhari’s men were taken care of by the president—————-That is to show u the type of person we have as a president-not certificate less person like Buhari

    • ConScience

      Two wrongs not a right make. OBJ is no longer the President of Nigeria and at least the ethnic yorubas fought him tooth and nail and questioned his leadership at every point. But for your Niger Deltans, South South and some South East you refuse to even give this man the benefit of being fallible amidst public and private proofs of gross mismanagement of his mandate. I believe March 28th will speak for itself either way it goes. Reversal of the current course shows we demand better and continuity shows Nigeria is marred in the dark ages. May the Good Lord help us all even the blind souls!!!

  • Nelson David

    The only president that thinks about his people

    • ConScience

      Thinks about his people (roflmao). 2 weeks before elections and with no public reprimand for the Minister culpable for such dereliction of duty. May the Good Lord torment the souls of those who take advantage of the meek. Even my Urhobo Catholic Mama has said she can never vote for this vile character for another term. She has absolved the guilt from his failed first term. I pray all you sycophants know that there is justice in hell for you all!!!

    • 9jaboys

      Hmmm…your wrong and the campaign period is over..

    • Emmie

      but refuse to think about the missing girls and the families that have been killed all this years !

  • Bassey

    You are a good leader sir! win or lose, you are the best!

    • Zarto Ali

      He is certainly loosing. He can’t win.

  • Divine West

    The best leader since de creation of Nigeria…4 more yrs my Presido. Keep it up PGEJ.

    • Saydo Shan

      Best indeed as he decides to “compensate” the families of d callously murdered by d state two weeks b4 election.

      Even from his body language, U can tell dat GEJ is unarguably d worst character to hav led Nigeria.

  • honest man

    1- JONATHAN AND ABBA MORO AND PDP ARE CRIMINALS OF HIGHEST DEGREE.
    2- ABBA MORO MINISTER OF INTERIOR ILLEGALLY ORGANISED THE RECRUITMENT EXERCISE THAT CLAIMED MANY LIVES OF OUR YOUNG GRADUATES. THE EXERCISE SUPPOSED TO BE ORGANISED BY NIGERIAN IMMIGRATION SERVICE NOT ABBA MORO. THE OUR IRRESPONSIBLE LEADER JONATHAN BADLUCK STILL ALLOWING ABBA MORO IN OFFICE?.
    SINCE HE ILLEGALLY ORGANISED THE EXERCISE HE SHOULD PAY US OUR N1000 INCLUDING ME.

  • Debekeme

    We get the leaders we deserve. I dont want to wish misfortune on Nigerians but as long as they have not learnt their lesson, may they continue to suffer under such leadership.

    I dont understand Nigerians. Really i dont.

    • ConScience

      Amen!!! I have said if Jonathan is reelected (highly improbable) then Nigerians deserve their doomsday.

  • Maitama Tambari

    Premium Times should unsubscribe me because you would not allow my thought to be shared with my fellow Nigerians on National issues. WE BELIEVE CHANGE! YES WE CAN IN NIGERIA. ALI MUST GO. YES JONATHAN MUST GO.

  • dd

    Jonathan only spent 75million from the 500,000,000 he and Moro made in the business. They keep the rest for the campaiign just as Boko Haram are being sponsored by APC to give GEJ bad publication to win the election. Is cabal vs cabal while the common man on the street keep suffering. The common men are here on line accusing themselves while APC and PDP enjoy their loot. I tired for my country people

  • justme

    HEADLINES ON MARCH 30TH, 2015.

    “GOODLUCK JONATHAN WINS AGAIN”!
    THISDAY.

    “Obama congratulates GEJ”! GUARDIAN.

    “Jega declares Goodluck Jonathan elected with 26.4 million votes! APC rejects result”!
    VANGUARD.

    “Jonathan declared winner!”. “This is the worst election in Nigeria’s history” (Lai Mohammed)
    PUNCH.

    “PDP in a historic victory, as Amaechi flees to Ghana and begs for forgiveness”!
    PM NEWS.

    Tinubu says, “this is the most rigged election in the world, Jega must be arrested and imprisoned immediately. We are heading to court”
    THE NATION.

    “North boils as INEC declares Jonathan winner. Sultan urges restraints and peace”
    DAILY TRUST.

    “PDP wins Aso Rock again, 70 senate seats and 65% of House of Reps. We are studying the results (Oshiomhole)” – SUN NEWSPAPER.

    “How Jega rigged the polls for Jonathan . . .” &
    “I have forgiven Buhari and associates, President Jonathan calls APC to help Nigeria progress”
    SAHARA REPORTERS.

    “Mr President did it in 2011, Mr President did it in 2015 again”
    LINDA IKEJI.

    “As Jonathan wins the presidential election, Buhari Pullover becomes number one hit in Nigeria”
    NAIRALAND

    • 9jaboys

      Hmmm…Justme….your blind but the time will tell……………14 days togo…..

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  • uzo

    PGEJ you have done well for this families

  • kemi

    We love you Mr President you are the best.carry on till 2019

  • ubong ekanem

    You have done well for these families Mr PRESIDENT GOD BLESS YOU

  • Jones

    The life of a Nigerian graduate is worth only N5 million by the calculation of this incompetent government, and the graduate must first die before his parents can benefit from the money 1 year after. The immigration minister that supervised this death did not take no for an answer or wait 1 year for poor unemployed graduates to pay the ‘N1000 fee for death’ scam into his bogey account. The clothes chosen by the president on this painful occasion is a mockery and let down on the families. It clearly shows lack of sympathy.

  • Mrs benita akpan

    It is better to be late than never.

    • Arabakpura

      What you just said equated to 30000 lost lives and displaced people in the North East. So, sometimes, it is not actually better to be late, otherwise, people will be “the late”

  • Acosta

    Everything is not about politics. GEJ should be commended for sympathizing with the families.
    How many Nigerian presidents did such?

    • Arabakpura

      If it will take him 12 months and election period to fulfill a promise he made to bereaved people, it will take him 5 years to redeem electoral promises. Anyway, he said as much in Port Harcourt.

  • Arabakpura

    Wickedness in high places!

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