A civil right group, Probity in Nigeria, on Tuesday described the death toll recorded during the recruitment exercise of the Nigeria Immigration Services (NIS) as “scandalous’’.
The Publicity Secretary of the group, Mr Ben Motanya, told Naija247news.com in Enugu.
He described as worrisome NIS dismal crowd control strategy and management.
“We call on the Federal Government to investigate both the remote and immediate causes of this national embarrassment.
“We want to know why NIS shortlisted such number of people for a limited vacancy and failed to put machinery in place to control their movement.
“We equally want to know why a government agency will charge any form of fees for a recruitment exercise organised for its citizens who are obviously without jobs,” he said.
Motanya also urged the Federal Government and the other two tiers of government to find sustainable solution in managing youth unemployment in the country.
“Unemployment is our major problem in this country yet the situation seems to be getting worse.
“It is better for the government to rise above this challenge than allow helpless citizens to take to the streets because nobody knows what might be the outcome,” he said.
He said that though no form of monetary compensation would be adequate for the lives lost during the recruitment, “the NIS should be made to pay compensation to the families of the deceased”.