- Members of the House of Representatives have urged the federal government to recruit Police officers from all 774 local government areas in Nigeria
The House also condemned the disagreement between the Nigeria Police, the Police Service Commission and the ministry of police affairs on the supervision of the recruitment process
- The chairman of the House committee on Police affairs said such sensitive assignment should not lead to unnecessary clash of egos while people are dying in droves from attacks and killings
Lawmakers of the House of Representatives have condemned the disagreement between the Nigeria Police, the ministry of Police Affairs and the Police Service Commission over the recruitment of 10,000 officers into the Police workforce.
The lawmakers on Thursday, September 12, also advised the federal government to ensure that police officers are recruited across the 774 local government areas of the country.
Speaking on the Police recruitment process, the chairman of the House committee on Police affairs, Bello Kumo (APC, Gombe state) said several of these local councils in the country are densely populated with a paltry police workforce of less than 400,000.
"There is a clash of egos and interests between the IG of Police, the Police Service Commission and the Minister of Police Affairs on who will carry out the directive of Mr. President to recruit 10,000 police officers," Kumo said.
The chairman also said the disagreement over who would supervise the recruitment process is embarrassing.
He said that such a sensitive assignment should not lead to unnecessary clash of egos while people are dying in droves from attacks and killings.
The chairman also said that despite the directive by President Buhari that 10,000 Police officers should be recruited only 8,000 of that number has been reached.
“The committee has found that even the 10,000 police officers earlier slated to be recruited, is not enough, yet, even that number, has been reduced to 8,000. But our advice as a House, is for the recruitment to be rationed according to the population of local governments," Kumo said.
He further affirmed that the House committee of Police affairs will set up an inquiry on reasons for the delay in recruiting the officers.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the PSC had urged applicants for the Police recruitment process to ignore a list of successful candidates published on the Nigeria Police website.
The PSC's spokesperson, Ikechukwu Ani, in a statement said the commission had ordered a suspension of the recruitment process while urging applicants to wait for the authentic list.
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