The federal government has announced the recruitment of 888 officers and men for the Nigeria Immigration Service NIS.
Those recruited are set to undergo a fresh round of training.
The fresh employees are part of the 2, 000 immigration officers and men who were employed by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration in the aftermath of the March 15, 2014 botched recruitment exercise.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on assumption of office ordered their dispersal on the grounds that they were not “properly recruited”.
However, at a news briefing Friday in Abuja, Comptroller General of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede said out of the 2,000 dispersed recruits, only 1, 470 reported for screening.
“The screening exercise was carried out at the NIS Headquarters between 29th August, 2016 and 6th September, 2016…A total number of 1, 470 reported for screening while 888 of the applicants met all the criteria and were therefore successful”, said Babandede.
He said the criteria included Age on Rank, proper scrutiny certificates, physical fitness and drug-free tests, security clearance, good conduct and medical fitness.
Giving a breakdown of those recruited, the CG said 177 fall within the Assistant Superintendent of Immigration II cadre; 305 for Assistant Inspector of Immigration and 406 for those in the Immigration Assistant I-III cadre.
“The recommendations from the exercise have been submitted to CDFIPB which on confirmation will issue the provisional letters of appointment to the successful candidates. The successful candidates will remain on probation in line with Public Service extant laws until they are confirmed and gazetted during which period they will be observed to ensure that indeed they are drug-free and of good conduct”, said Babandede.