MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
In spite of the nationwide misconception about the Nigeria Police Force, truth remains that thousands of Nigerian youths are desirous of making career in the Force.
This is evident in the fact that barely a week into the six weeks duration for applications for recruitment into the Constable cadre of the Nigeria Police Force, 288, 266 Nigerian youths have already completed their online applications to be considered for recruitment.
According to the spokesman of the Police Service Commission Ikechukwu Ani in a statement on Tuesday, “as at 7pm on Monday, October 23rd 2023, the Recruitment portal www.apply.police recruitment.gov.ng had received 288, 266 applications.
“The portal which opened on Sunday, 15th October 2023 will be closed on the 26th of November 2023 to satisfy the Federal Character Commission requirement of six weeks duration for eligible candidates to apply for any Government Agency vacancies.”
According to Ani, out of the 288,266 applications already received, 217,105 applications met the basic requirements for further consideration in the subsequent stages of the recruitment process.
A total number of 217,300 Nigerian youths have so far applied for the General Duty posts while 70,676 applied for specialists posts. 69,426 applications have so far been rejected for their inability to meet the requirements for further consideration out of which 46,868 were rejected for over age.
He disclosed that 51,213 General duty applications were rejected while 18,213 Specialists applications were also rejected.
The online application requirements include; (i) Applicants shall be of Nigerian origin and birth and must possess the National Identification Number, NIN; (ii).Applicants must possess a minimum of five credits in not more than two sittings in WAEC/NECO or its equivalent with credit passes in English and Mathematics; (iii). Applicants must be aged between 18 -25 years; ….(vii). Applicants must have a valid email address and phone number and SSCE statements of results or certificates relating to examinations taken before 2015 will not be accepted.
The spokesman further stated that the application for recruitment is without any monetary implications whatsoever and applicants are advised to take note of it.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Solomon Arase, a retired Inspector General of Police has commended the Nigerian youths for showing greater interest in pursuing a career in the Nigeria Police Force and assured that the Commission will ensure that the ongoing recruitment exercise is transparent and merit driven.
He called on the youths to continue to visit the recruitment portal to apply for consideration for recruitment.