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Police recruitment starts tomorrow, charges staff shape NPF future 

The recruitment of  Nigerians into the Constable cadre of the Nigeria Police Force starts tomorrow, Monday, January 8th 2024, throughout the federation with physical and credentials screening of successful applicants after  six weeks period for receiving of applications in line with the requirements of the Federal Character Commission.

In a statement signed and made available to journalists by Head of Press and Public Relations, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, the Chairman of the Commission. Dr. Solomon Arase, retired Inspector General of Police told PSC staff at a pre-deployment briefing at the Commission’s Parry Osayande Auditorium, over the weekend that “this is not merely a Recruitment exercise; rather, it is a saga – an epic tale where your actions will reverberate through time.

“Each decision, each interaction  becomes a paragraph  in this narrative,  shaping the perception  of our Commission  and the legacy we leave behind”, adding that commencement of the exercise marks the turn of a transformative chapter in the life of the Commission. 

The Chairman charged the Staff to uphold the torch of professionalism  and integrity and embrace  this responsibility  “with the knowledge  that your actions will resonate beyond the confines of the present” adding “as staff of the Commission,  you are entrusted with a job that carries the weight  of our nation’s aspirations  for a just and secure future”. 

This recruitment exercise, he noted, assumes paramount significance as the first conducted by the Commission  since the landmark Supreme Court Judgment of 20th July 2023 that reaffirmed  the primacy and exclusivity of the Commission in recruiting for the Nigeria Police Force.

Dr. Arase told the gathering “we stand at the precipice of a new era, and it is our solemn duty to ensure that this exercise establishes the gold standard for future recruitments’.

He reminded the Commission’s staff that the nation’s watchful eyes will scrutinise “our every move, demanding  our unwavering dedication and commitment  to the principles of fairness  and justice”.

 “Therefore, I implore each of you to exhibit your best behaviour, upholding  the highest standards of discipline,  integrity  and honesty” he charged the Commission staff.

Arase declared that this is not just a Recruitment  exercise; ” it is a defence of the sanctity of our mandate and a demonstration  of the Commission’s competence in this vital function. “I admonish you to anticipate  unprecedented challenges  during this exercise. With over 400,000 applicants  passing through your stations, each presenting argument to join the Nigeria Police Force, the pressure  will be immense.  Remember, you are the guardians of a process that not only holds inherent significance  but also paves the way for the forthcoming  30,000-man recruitment approved by the current administration “.

Dr. Arase announced that to enhance the efficiency and transparency of the recruitment exercise,  the Commission is establishing  a Situation Room at the PSC Corporate Headquarters Jabi Abuja.

This dedicated space will serve as a Complaint Response Centre, a help desk and an information  repository,  providing  essential  technical  and operational  support to personnel in the field. The Commission will in a short while communicate the dedicated telephone lines to the public to access the Situation Room throughout the exercise. 

This initiative,  he noted underscores  the Commission’s commitment to ensuring a robust, accountable and smooth exercise. 

He warned that any staff found complicit in questionable activities  will  face severe consequences, especially soliciting or collecting money from applicants or their families.  “Such actions are contrary to the principles of integrity and fairness  which are sacrosanct to our Commission,  and individuals involved will be subject to austere disciplinary measures including possible termination of employment”.

The PSC Chairman  said the staff should adhere strictly  to the highest standards of professionalism  and ethical conduct throughout  the entire duration of the exercise. 

The Chairman of the Police Recruitment Board, Chief Onyemuche Nnamani and Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Commission,  Dr. Ifeoma Adaora Anyanwutaku presented goodwill messages at the pre-deployment briefing while the Director of the Department of Police Recruitment Mr. Ferdinand Ekpe administered a code of conduct on all the Staff  that will be involved in the exercise to further emphasize  the seriousness by the Commission Management to adhere to standards.

Ikechukwu Ani

Head, Press and Public Relations

Sunday 9th b January 2024

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