We must be a joke among other nations. No electricity, no fuel (pms), yet we export crude oil, we cannot even conduct a simple job applicants test and get it right.
Those were the words of my sister as we relaxed after sunday service yesterday, each of us catching up on news and happenings in the world via our mobile devices. To me, those words deserve to go into a hall of fame as one of the most apt inferences, and they form the basis of Mondays with Ms Psyche this week.
Daily news in Nigeria is characterised by tails of BH killings in the North, details of the hardship Nigerians are grappling with, and off course one or two shows of shame by our politicians. Saturday March 15 wasn’t left out of this normalcy, it was the day on which the Nigerian Immigration Service entrance test was to be held nationwide.
One would have expected, considering each of the applicants paid a non-refundable fee of A Thousand Naira, that the NIS would have been better prepared for the crowd that showed up nationwide. However, that wasn’t the case as the death toll is currently 18 and counting.
According to Channels TV: “Unconfirmed reports say that 7 persons may have died and several others injured following a stampede at the National Stadium, Abuja.“
This Day Newspaper reports: “The employment test for recruitment into the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) conducted across the country Saturday turned deadly as stampede at three centres claimed the lives of 16 applicants and left scores injured.
Eight people were feared dead during a stampede at the National Stadium Abuja, five lives were lost at the Liberation Stadium, Elekahia, Port Harcourt, while three applicants were also feared dead in Minna.
However, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed that seven people lost their lives and 40 were injured in the stampede in Abuja.“
The official statement from the minister and Premium Times reports: Speaking in Jos, Plateau State, where he inspected the exercise, Mr. Moro said the applicants should blame their “impatience” for the stampede and the deaths.
He said applicants refused to follow instructions handed them by the recruiters.
“The applicants lost their lives due to impatience,” he told journalists. “They did not follow the laid down procedures spelt out to them before the exercise; many of them jumped through the fences of affected centres and did not conduct themselves in an orderly manner to make the exercise a smooth one. This caused stampede and made the environment unsecured.”
As usual, there’s the condemnations, call for investigations, and call for resignation, etc etc, in a few days we move on, nothing comes of it. Another sad tale, unto the next!
Am I the only one who feels like Nigeria has become reality ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events?’
It is truly a sad turn of events. With rising unemployment rates and insecurity in our country, I believe now is the time to put aside our differences and demand justice and accountability from the ourselves and our leaders.
I dedicate this post to the ever resilient Nigerians, who keep on moving against all odds.
Have a great week ahead, treat others as you expect.