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Oshiomhole employs Immigration tragedy victims

By Simon Ebegbulem

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has given automatic employment to 20 victims of the last Immigration recruitment tragedy of March 15, 2014 and also gave the sum of N2 million to the widower and children of the late Mrs. Sandra Amu who died in the commotion.

NIGERIA, Abuja : Job-seekers cover their nose and mouth for safety after security agents from the immigration services threw a cannister of tear gas to disperse the crowd in Abuja National Stadium, on March 15, 2014. At least seven people were killed and dozens injured in Nigeria's capital Abuja on March 15 after thousands of pannicked job-seekers stampeded during a government recruitment drive at the national stadium. AFP PHOTO

This is coming almost a year after the Federal Government promised automatic employment to those injured in the exercise and three employment slots to families of those who lost their loved ones in the recruitment fiasco.

Disclosing the employment offer during a meeting with the family of the woman who lost her life and eleven of the twenty persons who sustained injuries during the ill-fated recruitment exercise held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City on Saturday, March 15, 2014, Oshiomhole said “it is unlawful for people seeking employment to pay money. It is the employer who pays the consultant and not the applicant. That transaction was mainly illegal collection and it is extortion.

“I think it is important that people don’t exploit office power to compound the problem of those who are already down. What we can, without prejudice to whatever plans the Immigration Services or the Ministry of Internal Affairs is making, see how we can assist in terms of employment.”





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