Published On: Sat, Mar 15th, 2014

Stampede Kill 10 Youth at Abuja Nigerian Immigration Service Aptitude Test Venue

Immigration job seekers

LAGOS MARCH 15TH (URHOBOTODAY)-At least 10 job seekers died today while many more sustained varying degrees of injury on Saturday morning during a stampede at the National Stadium, Abuja — the Federal Capital territory (FCT) venue of the ongoing recruitment test by the Nigeria Immigrations Service (NIS).
Several thousands of job-seekers thronged the stadium to write the test but only one entrance to the 60,000-capacity stadium was made available. An applicant who turned back after seeing the crowd said there was no way the applicants would not have been more than 60,000.
At least 40 of those who were injured were admitted at the National Hospital in Abuja, a source at the hospital said, adding that several others were referred to other hospitals due to lack of capacity to admit and treat all those injured.
The recruitment exercise is also ongoing in all other states of the federation. At the National Stadium, Surulere — venue of the Lagos recruitment exercise — an applicant told SaharaReporters that prospective job-seekers present on Saturday far outnumbered the 45,000 capacity of the stadium.
“I can tell you that more than 100,000 people came for this test”, he said. “I have never seen this kind of crowd before in my life. Even if this was a FIFA World Cup football match, you will never get spectators this many”.
The crowd at the various recruitment centers all over Nigeria is actually not a strange development, considering Nigeria’s unimpressive unemployment statistics.
In 2011, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) put the country’s unemployment rate at 23.9% , but observers believe that not only is the true figure far higher, the rise in the rate of unemployment over the last three years has been underestimated to paint a rosy picture economic recovery by the Nigerian government.
Source: Saharareporters

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