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No going back on N1,000 on-line application fee – Interior Minister

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By ALICE FESTUS

ABUJA — Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro yesterday dared the House of Representatives on the N1,000 on-line application fee charged those seeking employment in the agency, insisting that there was no going back on the fees.

Following complaints about the fee by applicants, the House of Representatives had directed the Ministry of Interior to cancel the fee.

But speaking at the inaugural meeting of the Ministerial Committee on Para-military Village Housing Scheme Development project Nationwide in Abuja, the minister said the fee subsisted.

He said he was not bothered by the opposition to the fee by the House of Representatives, noting he was doing the right thing.

“Parastatals and I do know the hazards of life threatening for the ordinary person, but I am aware that we are coming from a background of a distorted process of recruitment into the Nigeria Immigration Service where it was alleged that the process was compromised.

“What we have decided to do is to attempt a new police design that is employed by the Nigeria Police Force, and employed by the Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Army in processing applications for recruitment into the service.”

Moro urged the committee to take responsibilities in the discharge of its duties.

He said:  “I told you on assumption of duty here that it is no longer going to be business as usual, you either prepare to work and ship in or you prepare not to work and ship out.”

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