IGP, PSC Chair Vow To End Police Recruitment Feud

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The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba and the Chairperson for the Police Service Commission, IGP Solomon Arase (retd.), have vowed to end the lingering feud between the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force and the PSC relating to recruitment of police constables, and the promotion of officers from the rank of the Deputy Inspectors General of Police downwards, among other salient issues.

The PSC and Police have long been at loggerheads since 2020, majorly due to issues bordering on the recruitment into the constables cadre of the Police Force.

The PUNCH reports that both parties met at the PSC conference room at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, where they discussed measures to improve the mutual relationship between the NPF and the PSC, as well as identify new pathways for stronger partnership.

Also speaking, the PSC chairperson Arase reiterated collaborating with the police to ensure a win-win situation where issues relating to promotion and recruitment are resolved seamlessly.

Responding to questions from newsmen, Arase said, “We were insisting on collaboration, and we solidly agreed that if there is a synergy between us and the police high command, the men will be properly motivated.

“We don’t have to quarrel about their promotion, appointment, recruitment. So, everything will be seamless in such a way that it will be a win-win situation.”

When queried on specified strategies to resolve the lingering disagreement on whose constitutional mandate it was to coordinate recruitment, Arase said, “We have all agreed that we are going to set up a small team that will sit together and review what has been done.”

He stressed that when both parties uphold mutual understanding, then disagreement will be a thing of the past.

Speaking with journalists after the meeting, IGP Baba disclosed that his visit will improve the relationship between the police and PSC as well as enhance the security situation of the country.

Baba said, “I am at the Police Service Commission to congratulate the assumption to office of the new chairman, IGP Solomon Arase (retd.).

“When there is proper leadership, guidance, sense of direction, discipline, promotion, appointment, people will be motivated to do the right thing.”

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