The selection and recruitment exercise of new recruits into ranks and cadres of the Nigerian Police Force will last through June and the training of successful applicants will cost up to N9 billion.
The chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Mike Okiro, while at a public hearing organized by the House or Representatives’ Committee on Police Affairs, disclosed that N8.6 billion will be needed for the recruitment exercise of 10,000 officers in the Nigerian Police Force. The budget is broken down as follows:
- Overhead: 339,473,092.50
- Advertisement: 1,892,891.25
- Technical Resources: 1,167,000.00
- Renovation of training institutions: 179,000,000.00
- Feeding: 3,489,750,000.00
- Allowances and Salaries: 2,835,441,000.00
- Accoutrement: 1,013,550,000.00
- Teaching Aid: 118,290,000.00
- Arms and Ammunition for Shooting Range: 450,000,000.00
- Teaching Allowance: 61,266,281.00
- Monitoring and Evaluation: 117,958,719.00.
- Grand Total: 8,607,788,983.75
The former Inspector General of Police further explained that the recruitment exercise is partly dependent upon the readiness of the police training school and colleges. He observed that the relevant institutions for the exercise are undergoing renovations and they are about 65 per cent completed. The exercise intends to recruit 7,500 personnel as police constables, 500 as cadet inspectors, 500 as cadet assistant superintendent of police and 1,500 other various ranks under professionals cadre.
The training of selected candidates will commence in the first week of July 2016. But selection of candidates for recruitment into various ranks and cadres will be completed by June 30.
According to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, a psychometric test has been designed to ascertain the following as factors in determining the suitability of applicants: ability, usefulness, aptitude, critical thinking and situational judgment.
Mr. Arase, during a brief chat after he presented a paper at a public lecture organised by the University of Jos (UNIJOS), in Plateau State, weekend, said that the current recruitment exercise will be done differently from previous ones to get the best for the police. Arase said the current recruitment will bring out the Nigeria police as a force to meet the policing targets in a contemporary society. The lecture was organised by the Advancement Office of the university, headed by Mr. Yakubu Gomos.
The lecture was entitled: Police-Public Partnership in Prevention and Control of Violent Crimes and Conflicts in Nigeria. It dealt with issues relating to the establishment, duties and powers of the Nigeria Police Force, challenges of violent crimes and conflicts, the imperative of Police-Public Partnership, and the responsibilities of the police in fostering the partnership; as well as the roles of the citizens in the partnership.