Following the launching and unveiling of the portals for the Nigerian Police Force recruitment and the subsequent announcement by the Chairman of the Police Service Commission in the person of Mr. Mike Okiro that the portals will be fully active as from Friday April 1st 2016 for the members of the public to access and apply for the three cadres that are open for application, it looks like the commission have decided to wield its amazing sense of humor muscle by presenting us with an APRIL FOOL package. This is because as of the time this report is being filed, applicants in and around Kaduna State (most especially Southern Kaduna where most of the unemployed youths were anxiously anticipating this recruitment exercise) could be seen roaming the streets and trooping into cyber cafes en mass with the aim of enrolling into the Police Force but coming out of those cafes with long faces full of disappointment as the websites provided by the Police Service Commission have become inaccessible.

It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari upon assuming the Staff of Office last year lamented the paucity of Police personnel and expressed the desire to tackle the anomaly by recruiting 10,000 men and women into the Nigerian Police Force which is also in line with his goal of job creation and reducing the rate of unemployment among the teeming population.

PSC’s Head of Press and Public Relations Ikechukwu Ani in a statement last week said the recruitment process online is free for intending officers.

The PSC’s Chairman (Mike Okiro) also stated that there had been no recruitment into the Police for over five years due to financial constraints. He said thousands of policemen, who died in service, dismissed or retired, had not been replaced since the last five years, leaving the Force under-manned and overstretched.

Reacting to the question of how much the forms will cost, Okiro said: “We are not charging money; it is free, absolutely free and the portal has been structured in a way that there will be no short cut. So, everybody must go through due process”.

He added: “The commission will be recruiting candidates into the three entry points of the Nigeria Police Force which are Constable, Cadet Inspector and Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP). There will also be recruitment into the Specialist cadre.”

We are now keenly watching to see whether the President and the Police Service Commission will fulfill their promises or whether it’s another CHANGE smokescreen like it has been right from the inception of this administration.


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