DSS: We didn’t stop doctor recruitment exercise in Abuja


The Department for State Services (DSS) said it didn’t stop the recruitment exercise for doctors in Abuja.

A recruitment exercise to work in Saudi Arabia was held in Lagos last week. The one for Abuja was held on Thursday, August 26 in Sheraton Hotels.

There are reports by some newspapers that the DSS stormed the venue of the recruitment exercise and dispersed all the doctors with a journalist being arrested in the process but was later released.

But in a statement on Friday, Peter Afunanya, spokesman of the DSS, described the reports as “falsehood being circulated in the media”.

“The attention of the Department of State Services has once again been drawn to a falsehood being circulated in the media that it dispersed doctors attending a Saudi Arabia organised job interview at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, yesterday 26th August, 2021,” Afunanya said.

“Though this is illogical and does not add up, sections of the media that reported it did not care to verify the news before going to print. No further evidence was also adduced to prove that the DSS carried out such operation at the hotel.

“It is obvious that the news is only designed to embarrass the organisation.

“Journalists and other media practitioners are enjoined to cross check their facts and ensure that they do not use their platforms to mislead the public or undermine national security.”

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has been on strike for some weeks now and the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige has been making some cruel remarks about them saying that there is no doctor shortage despite the profession which he ironically belongs to having less than 80,000 doctors. He said the doctors are free to go abroad that the country will benefit economically from their sojourn there.

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