Vigilant officials of the Federal Ministry of Interior have disqualified two foreigners from participating in the computer-based tests for recruitment into the Nigeria Immigrant Service (NIS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
The officials briefed Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola yesterday at the Ilupeju Centre in Lagos State on the preparations for the tests.
They said the foreigners were from Cameroon and Benin Republic.
It was learnt that the two foreigners were screened out at the Ilupeju Centre, interrogated and handed over to the Assistant Comptroller General of Zone A for further action.
Aregbesola, who continued his stakeholders’ engagements in Osun State, had made a surprise stopover in Lagos to inspect the computer-based aptitude test for recruitment into the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) with a view to having an on-the-spot assessment of the exercise.
At the tests, which is holding at the JAMB CBT Centre in Hollaram Educational Centre, Akure, the Ondo State capital, the minister assured the officials that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was fully committed to ensuring transparency in the recruitment of personnel under the Ministry of Interior.
A statement by the ministry’s Director of Press, Mohammed Manga, quoted Aregbesola as saying: “With the introduction of the computer-based aptitude test innovation, the era of stampede and pandemonium during recruitment exercises has been completely wiped out.”
There is now an assurance of confidence, credibility, equity and integrity in the process on the part of the examiners and applicants, the minister said.
Aregbesola, who said answer scripts would be marked and graded by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), added that there would be no hanky-panky in the test as eagle eyed officers had been deployed across the country to monitor the exercise.
JAMB’s Deputy Director for Ondo State, Mr. Babatunde Benjamin, lauded the innovation introduced by the present administration in the recruitment of the personnel into the Interior Ministry.
The deputy director said COVID-19 guidelines and protocols were being observed during the exercise, which he said had been divided into three segments of 750 candidates comprising 250 candidates per segment.
Also, a candidate for Nigeria Immigration Service CBT examination, Mr. Akimoladun Tolulope, applauded the innovation introduced by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to ensure that merit is given priority in the recruitment of candidates into the agencies.