In line with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari at the National Security Summit in Abuja last year, the process leading to recruitment of 10,000 policemen has commenced.
On Tuesday, the Police Service Commission in Abuja, unveiled a portal for the recruitment exercise.
Chairman of the Commission, Mike Mbama Okiro, a retired Inspector General of Police who unveiled the portal in a ceremony attended by the Management team of the Commission including Justice Olufunlola Adekeye, retired Justice of the Supreme Court and Commissioner in the Commission and Emmanuel Ibe, acting Secretary to the Commission and Officers from the Nigeria Police Force, announced that the portal will be opened to the public on the 1st of April, 2016 which will herald the commencement of the recruitment exercise.
Okiro said the unveiling of the portal was in actualization of the presidential directive on the recruitment of the 10,000 Police Men, adding that the Commission considers the exercise remarkable since there has not been recruitment into the Nigeria Police Force for more than five years now due to financial constraints.
He noted that thousands of police men who died in the course of service, dismissed or retired had not been replaced since the last five years leaving the Force under manned and over stretched.
Okiro said the recruitment would strengthen and re-energize the Force to face more squarely, the myriad of security challenges posed by insurgency, kidnapping, cattle rustling and other criminalities that impede the socio-economic and political development of the country.
He explained that the Commission could not commence the exercise last year because the funding was not captured in the 2015 budget, adding that with the commencement of the process on April 1, interested Nigerians should access the portal through the Commission’s website www.psc.gov.ng or that of the Nigeria Police Force, www.npf.gov.ng.
The PSC Chairman announced that there will be no charges for the processing of the forms which will be done on-line. According to him; “we are not charging money. It is free, absolutely free.” He also noted that the portal has been structured in a way that there will be no short cut. “Everybody must go through due process”, he said
The Commission will be recruiting candidates into the three entry points of the Nigeria Police Force which are Constable, Cadet Inspector and Cadet ASP. There will also be recruitment into the Specialist cadre.
For Police Constables, applicants are expected to posses five credit level passes including Mathematics and English Language at Senior School Certificate Examination in not more than two sittings and for Cadet Inspectors, in addition to having the requirements of Police Constables, candidates would be expected to have either an Ordinary National Diploma (OND), Advanced Level (A level), National Certificate of Education (NCE) or their equivalents.
Candidates for Cadet ASPs must possess a University degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND).