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NIS Recrutiment Tragedy: Pres. Jonathan Offers N75 Million & 35 Jobs to 15 Bereaved Families



GEJ NIS Compensation 6President Goodluck Jonathan has offered 35 jobs and N75 million to 15 families whose relatives died in the tragic Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) recruitment exercise on March 15, 2014.

Jonathan made the announcement at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday, Guardian reports.

Each of the families were given N5 million cheques each, and a total of 35 employment letters were given to members of the families.

Speaking afterwards, Jonathan promised that the tragic NIS recruitment tragedy would never happen again. “This will be the last of such things,” he said.

The president also explained that the delay in offering employment to the families was “predicated on the need so sort out some issues bothering on regulations in the ministries. “

He also stated that the money and employment offers given to the families should not be seen as compensation, as they could never replace the lives lost.

Moment of Silence for the Victims

Moment of Silence for the Victims

Family members observe moment of silence

Family members observe moment of silence

Letters of employment and cheques to family members of victims of 2014 NIS Recruitment tragedy displayed

Letters of employment and cheques to family members of victims of 2014 NIS Recruitment tragedy displayed

The President's spokespeople have described the action as a promise fulfilled

The President’s spokespeople have described the action as a promise fulfilled

Photo Credit: Abati1990


  1. cindy

    March 14, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    How come I’ve never met anyone who has benefitted from any of Jonathan’s schemes?

  2. dapo

    March 14, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Gej has been on the news every second, doing good deed, after election, he will be only on the news, releasing criminals who have embezzled Nigeria treasures and partying in Aso Rock. I think I have to prepare for another 4yrs of seeing his rubbish, as we know those tribe, who are suffering and dont want a change.

    • Bruness

      March 14, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      Errmm!!! You actually had 119 likes for this comment? Its either my brain can’t process this well or your write up just doesn’t make sense to me. Please when you say tribe be explicit.

    • Nne

      March 14, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      I’m sure the likes were for the first few lines of the comment. I’m sure many didn’t bother to process the last sentence. I did like it too so…

    • ada nnewi

      March 15, 2015 at 8:16 am

      But what he said is true, my igbo brothers and sisters have refused to look beyond tribe, that’s why anambra state keeps voting inept APGA…

  3. Jade

    March 14, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    I’m trying very hard not to say disrespectful thinsg about this man but I have to say that Jonathan is an evil, heartless, manipulative and power hunger man. All the killings, deaths and acts against humanity that he was soooo indifferent about all of a sudden, in this six week extension he decided to grant himself, he has decided to address all of these issues and with photo opps too. Jonathan is a disgusting exsuce for a human being. A group of young people who were desperately looking for jobs, jobs that you were suppose to create by the way, these future leaders die in such an exploitative situation and you shamelessly use this as a campaign opportunity?! Shame on you and very single person who is part of your team. It is so incredibly depressing that this man just may ‘win’ (and I use that word loosely) the elections and spend the next 4years being the Nigerian president. It’s days like these that make it so difficult for even the most patriotic to believe in Nigeria.

    • tayo

      March 15, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      Jade,may God bless you , you will not die young , may God continue to give you wisdom, may all my heart desire for you be fufilled even beyond what i have written .

  4. Zoey

    March 14, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    How about the chibok girls families ?

  5. D

    March 14, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    The imbecile is at it again !!the corrupt culprit walks around ,the imbecile calls him and say thank you for creating an awesome opportunity to show my vain side to the hopeless amount of money can bring back their loved ones but shame on Ebere imbecile Jonathan for using it as a campaign strategy, bigger shame on the immigration boss too.wonder why is supporters don’t see all these before campaigning for him.he clearly doesn’t care about if their lives get better or worse.
    Hope mercy Johnson n co would be able to live with themselves when jonathan s inhumanity comes knocking at their doors.

  6. Omolade

    March 14, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    All this in just 2 weeks,do you have to wait for a year b4 u act. all na 4 election.

  7. Omolade

    March 14, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    6 weeks

  8. Chichi

    March 14, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Hallmark of deceit ,
    Gej will. Continue not giving a dam just look at he way he approved a obanikoro despite bring an agent for evil
    As for me I’m not planning to renew my contract with this man

    Only someone who’s destined to suffer and smile will support Jonathan

  9. pearl

    March 14, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Can jade nd D be reasonable adults for once in your life. Civilization has diminish d era of respect for elders. Do u think it’s easy to control a single family talk more of an entire nation with unreasonable pple lik U? I bet if u ar given a youth post u wnt achieve a single progress in ur 1 year mscheeew. Do u know d amount of pressure he deals with on a daily basis nd d various sectors that need urgent attention? Even in ur nuclear family ur dad don’t always see what’s urgent to U as very important to d family so be considerate wen commenting. He wasn’t responsible for d stampede nd it took place even U nd I know dat d jobs promised must be federal government jobs and it takes time to put d various machineries in place. So Pls comment like properly educated people.

    • Ephi

      March 14, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      You mentioned the amount of pressure he faces daily?! Excuse me?! What did he expect, that he would be sipping cocktails on a yacht daily? Leadership is not a joke neither is it meant to be “easy”. If Jonathan cannot face the heat, he should leave the kitchen, simples. What’s his job if not to make the right decisions for the nation?

      Back to the post, why is this just coming now, why wasn’t it done when the incidence happened over a year ago? Why wasn’t Abba Moro sacked since he refused to honorably resign? Why do people’s lives no longer matter until it’s election time. What a shame. Big big shame!

    • Mostest

      March 14, 2015 at 8:47 pm

      We know the work is too much for him. 6 years in office and no progress. Let him go and rest

    • tayo

      March 14, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      If as a president, you cannot lead or implement change, that means you can’t stand the heat, so get out of the kitchen!! so, the presidents in other countries like Ghana and South Africa have two heads? That’s why he is president, if you need to bring about change, be strict and firm with your people, they will thank you later.

    • Nwa nna

      March 14, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      Ruben Abati, is that you making excuses for your inept boss GEJ? FOH

    • Prisca

      March 17, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Pearl hi, please list what exactly Jonathan has done for your state of origin and what you have gained personally in 6 years of him being in office. please elders also earn respect from us youths. all the forefathers today that fought for this country are still being respected today. if your child was part of the people killed or kidnapped how will your reaction be. please kindly learn to put yourself in people’s shoes. do you have a 200,000 naira paying job? how many of our youths are on the streets and abeg where those jobs dey. Another thing i m sure you can also afford the best of education and living standard with your income abi. why cant they put their children in our universities to get education? their head better pass our own? abeg o na people like you no dey see road forward haba, go to ghana thats ur neighbor and see how the place is. Mschwwwwwwwwww

  10. lade

    March 14, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    This reeks of propaganda. The timing is too apt for it not to appear contrived and disingenuous.

    It’s all well and good to distribute money and jobs but how about accountability? Why wasn’t the Oga at the Top not sacked? This awful event was conducted under his watch yet there was no firm response from the Presidency.

    This lack of accountability has characterised Good luck’s presidency. Chibok girls etc.

  11. BIMS

    March 14, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    @Pearl If the pressure of running this country is too much on Jonathan why is he trying so hard to win this election?
    The timing of this compensation is so wrong and why did it take this long? Mtchew
    And I agree with Jade.

  12. ty

    March 14, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    i must say bella naija has collected part of the national cake too. pleas post my comment ooo

  13. Ephi

    March 14, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Can money bring back the lost lives? No. Can this happen in a sane society? No. And yet some people are applauding these shenanigans, people don’t even know what good governance looks like any longer, smh

  14. lol

    March 14, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    every year should be election year so people like this man^^^^^ will start doing WHAT WE ELECTED HIM TO DO.

  15. Samuel. S

    March 14, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Why now? I think you know the right things to do since you did not do it, this make people that like you become speechless. We are given you second chance if you promise us that you will do the correction and make the change. The changing we want is from you not from any body, not that you favour me or I enjoy your tenure but for me personally am praying for second chance for you and I believe you will make the changes..

  16. tunmi

    March 14, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    So the people getting those jobs are all qualified for the position right

    • Sunshine

      March 14, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      So he said , you never know with this guy.

  17. Anonymous

    March 14, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    My question now is,since the president is also not responsible for the attacks by B.H. How much will be disbursed to the displaced and murdered members of families in the B.H occupied territory & what jobs will be offered to surviving members? It’s this same kind of ish,that gives supposed governors the audacity to come out and blame an armed robbery in his state on policemen assigned to protect the president! People in authority must learn to,take responsibility for whatever happens under their administration whether they are directly responsible or not. All this madness going on all in the name of political campaign leaves a sour taste. Who the cap fits,let him wear it.

  18. honeymix...

    March 14, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Why is he contesting again @pearl if he cannot handle the heat. Pls stop giving excuses for him. D you know when someone says promises during his campaign. He is held accountable for each and every word he says. There should be no excuses. Though we all have imperfections, but Goodluck did not do anything, not even for anyone to give him kudos for. Nigerians are suffering, and it would really be pathetic if he wins the election again. That is another four years of suffering and smiling, while he is getting wealthier and being inconsiderate. It took him a whole year to give out this jobs around the time he is campaigning, so coincidental. Where are the 1.5million jobs he claimed he created, I’m still looking for them in the gutter.

  19. Sunshine

    March 14, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Keep throwing money away commander in thief . You will still loose comes March 28 inspite of BN’s advert. Oh ,yes bold ideas and new oppurtunites in looting and lieing.

  20. hummmm

    March 14, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Yeaaaaaaahhhhh, someone has decided to pull a fast to make it look like he is working.

  21. Lentini

    March 15, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    A Nigerian life is worth 5 million Naira during political campaigns. And worthless when elected into office.

  22. Heeba

    March 15, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    @pearl Biko make I hear word!!!it’s people like you that enjoy suffering,mediocre lives,and are complacent. You never want positive change .
    If he cannot handle the country he should Go !!!march 28 and even if I cannot handle it I should be. Be made to go. It’s not a do or die affair.
    6 weeks to election running around like a headless chicken I am so ashamed for him…. A whole president .mshewww

  23. jefka

    March 16, 2015 at 10:46 am

    @pearl, is Jona d apple of your eyes?
    you compared him to a father, there are good and bad father.
    GEJ is very shameless, so he knew the right thing to do and he had to wait till this time to do it.
    Nigerians pls lets call a spade a spade, this man and his cabinet cannot continue to play on our intelligence and appeal to our materialistic side……
    a few miilions here and there cant be compared to the lives we have lost and are still loosing.
    have you listened to this man talk on tv? he lacks depth and strategy.
    he always sounds uninterested and bored, pls let us not let him repeat the presidency according to the gospel of Mama peace.

  24. Bee

    March 17, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Thank you Jade and others who have Spoke wee. There is no sincerity nor compassion in this Man, he only wants to WIN the elections. He that hath an ear, let him hear!!!!

  25. Bee

    March 17, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Thank you Jade and others who have Spoke *well.*

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