MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
In obvious attempt to save Nigerians from experiencing an ugly scenario relating to who has the statutory powers to conduct recruitment exercises for new entrants into the Nigeria Police, authorities of
the Police Service Commission have promised to participate in the on- going 2021 screening of applicants for employment into the Constable cadre of the Nigeria Police Force.
This was made known in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Commission’s spokesman, Mr. Ikechukwu Ani, following a tripartite meeting of the Commission with the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force and the Commission’s staff Union leadership, chaired by Permanent Secretary.
According to the statement, Secretary to the Commission, Chief William Alo, had decided to deploy PSC Staff to the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory for the exercise.
The Commission’s offices shut down in the wake of the three- day sit at home order by its two Unions were opened on Tuesday February 1st at the expiration of the order.
The Commission had the same day received in audience a delegation of the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force led by DIG Mohammed Danmallam, DIG Tranning while PSC team was led by the Permanent Secretary, Secretary to the Commission, Chief William Alo, where the two parties resolved some and other contending issues that led to staff unrest in the Commission.
The parties resolved to work together and avoid such unnecessary and avoidable occurrances in the future adding that
the Commission staff were expected to proceed to States of deployment and partner with the other stakeholders to ensure that the exercise was transparent, fair and credible.
The Commission said it would continue to ensure and insist that Police recruitment at any level must be merit driven with observance of the guidelines of the Federal Character Commission.
A total of 10,000 applicants are expected to be recruited from the exercise.