By SAM EYOBOKA & OLAYINKA LATONA
THE recent death of 19 innocent Nigerians at the Nigerian Immi-gration Service recruitment exercise has continued to attract condemnation with the Methodist Church Nigeria Synod frowning at the unfort-unate and avoidable incidence.
A communiqué after the 26th annual synod of The Trinity Church Council at Methodist Church Nigeria, Ketu, Lagos with Rt. Rev. Oladapo Omotayo Babalola, presiding, the church is of the opinion that the incidence was a reflection of the problem of unemployment in our country which on its own is a ticking time bomb.
The communiqué therefore called for a proper audit of what actually happened and urge the Government to create jobs for our youths.
In a similar vein, erstwhile Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili described the in-cidence as “one of the most outdated human recruit-ment process ever. Even in the Stone Age you cannot wish to employ 3,000 people and conduct an examination process for more than 500,000 of them. The process of pre-qualification that you will screen out several thousands of people so that the most you will have at the end will be minimal, who will compete for the space needed.”
Government must respond
According to former minister at the Deeper Christian Life Church’s recent YES pro-gramme, it appears that the NIS recruitment process was not a recruitment process but “a scam and it was mostly targeted at the administration fee of N1,000. I think the way government must respond to the episode should be in a way that will bring back the dignity of the families that lost people and not by giving them some token or job.
“Nigerians did not have to expose themselves to danger or die for them to be employed in our society.
The government cannot use this kind of tokenism as a way of perverting our incentive system even further,” she noted, adding that there is need to be requisite punish-ment for bad behaviour for the government agency or ministry that was responsible for this absolute contempt of citizens. I think the President must do what brings back honour and dignity to jobless people in this country,” Ezekwesili said.
The communiqué signed by Rt. Rev. Oladapo Omotayo Babalola, Sir Ademola Ogun-biyi and Very Rev. M.B.O. Arogundade also commiserat-ed with the families of those who lost their lives, property and means of livelihood in the course of the series of terror attacks in parts of the North East, and other places like Kano, Kaduna, Katsina just to mention a few and especially families of students of the Federal Government College, Yobe, who were gruesomely cut down in their prime in a senseless and incomprehen-sible act of evil by terrorists.
Appreciating what the Federal Government had done so far, the church called on Government to use all relevant agencies and institutions to fish out the perpetrators of these heinous crimes and compen-sate all those that have been affected in one-way-or-the-other.
The communiqué commend-ed President Goodluck Jonathan, for setting up a National Conference where the future of the country is currently being discussed, expressing satisfaction at the quality of delegates and implored them to see the Confab as an opportunity to deliberate and find lasting solutions to the humongous problem of home grown terrorism, religious intolerance, endemic corrupt-ion, failed schools, failed hospitals, failed roads, failed security, failed power supply, Niger Delta militancy, oil bunkering, kidnapping, the vanishing opportunities for our youths, the widening gulf between the rich and the poor and worst of all, the receding faith in Nigeria by Nigerians.”