Exclusive: How Interior Minister, Abba Moro, sidelined Immigration boss, Parradang, from killer recruitment

Posted: March 22, 2014 in Headlines

A protest letter from the Immigration
boss, Mr. Parradang, sheds light into a
process many Nigerians believe was
hijacked and terribly mismanaged by the
interior ministry.
Abba Moro
Nigeria’s interior minister, Abba Moro,
backed by the supervisory board for
Immigration, Civil Defence, Prisons and
Fire Service, marshalled a surprisingly
secret plot to hire new staff into the
Immigration Service, deliberately
sidelining immigration authorities from a
recruitment process that turned deadly
and ended in fatality last Saturday,
PREMIUM TIMES can report today.
About 18 job seekers died and several
more were wounded on Saturday in
stampedes across Nigerian cities as
hundreds of thousands of applicants
overran recruitment centres as they
struggled to access locked venues.
The more than 520,000 applicants were
made to pay N1, 000 each for their
registration.
Outraged Nigerians have called for the
minister’s sack, as well as the removal of
the Comptroller-General of Immigration,
David Parradang.
The Nigerian government said the
exercise has been cancelled and that a
committee will oversee another test.
President Goodluck Jonathan promised
investigation in a brief mention of the
tragedy on Monday.
But government sources at the Federal
Executive Council meeting Wednesday
say the president merely warned
ministers and heads of government
agencies against such recruitment
drives, and did not appear willing to sack
officials culpable in the bloody
recruitment.
But PREMIUM TIMES has now established
a troubling power play at the highest
level of decision-making on the
recruitment, involving Mr. Parradang on
the one hand, and the minister, Mr.
Moro, and members of the Civil Defence,
Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services
board on the other.
Officials interviewed and documents
obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, provide a
narrative of how the interior ministry
single-handedly pressed on with earlier
preparations for the recruitment last
year without the knowledge of Mr.
Parradang, and how the Immigration
comptroller-general protested the move,
urging the board to suspend the
exercise.
In a letter to R. Attahiru, the then
secretary of the supervisory board, Mr.
Parradang spoke of how embarrassed
and surprised he was to learn, from a
newspaper, of plans to hire new hands
for an organization he heads.
“The said publication or advertisement
for the appointment of persons into the
Nigeria Immigration Service without
consultation or any input whatsoever
from us is to say the least, surprising and
embarrassing to me,” he wrote in the
letter dated September 9, 2013.
David Shikfu
Parradang
The newspaper publication Mr.
Parradang referred to was a Daily Trust,
September 9, 2013 advertisement
announcing the ministry’s plan to fill
vacancies in the immigration
department.
The announcement, asking young
Nigerians to apply for the positions, was
signed by Mr. Attahiru, as secretary and
director of the board.

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