Barely 3-years after 6.5 million Nigerians in all 37 states were crammed together in respective recruitment centers for 4000 vacant positions in the Nigerian Immigration Service, the tendencies of having a re-occurence of the tragedy that gained world attention is likely being rehearsed at the ongoing recruitment into the Peace Corps Of Nigeria .
It would be recalled that in the March 2014 Nigeria Immigration Recruitment tragedy, at least 16 job seekers were confirmed dead with scores of people with scores of people fatally injured.
The major causes of death was plausibly hinged on overcrowding, stampede, exhaustion, and impatience of the applicants.
It is however expected that Nigeria had learnt her lesson with the cause-effect approach, thus using the successive recruitment exercises such as the Nigerian Police Force as a litmus test.
However, the horrid report coming from the Peace Corps Of Nigeria is not only saddening, but also a reflection of the fact that we have a long way to go in our recruitment exercises, hence the need for urgent attention by relevant authorities to curtail the inhumane cum daylight robbery process in the guise of employment.
The Peace Corps process is fresh, and recognised as one of the employment opportunities of the Buhari led change government, yet a process where exploitation of job seekers have been taken to the next level. Imagine, where the unemployed going through recruitment paid N40,000 and the greatest shocker was when they got to know that this money was just for uniform and accommodation alone, without shoe.
However, the accommodation settled for was just a mere illusion as the N8,000 people taken from Abuja were posted to Durben Polytechnic Bwari, a place that cannot accommodate one quarter of the population. Many of them slept outside the premises as Nigerians have learnt their lessons.
The activities of the Peace Corps Of Nigeria recruitment process must be checkmated, the exploitation of vulnerable job seekers must be stopped, especially in a new paramilitary yet to be take its full operation in the country.