As directed by President Muhammadu Buhari at the National Security Summit last year in Abuja, the Nigeria Police Force has commenced the recruitment process of over 10,000 qualified Nigerians, even as it warned that there would be no shortcut into the Force.
The position of the Police Service Commission (PSC) on the recruitment was contained in a statement issued by Ikechukwu Ani, the Head of Press and Public Relations of the commission on Wednesday in Abuja.
Ani said the chairman of the Commission, former Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro, who unveiled the portal at a ceremony attended by the management team of the PSC, however, disclosed that it will be opened to the public on the 1st of April, 2016 which indicates the commencement of the recruitment exercise.
“The process leading to the recruitment of 10,000 Policemen as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari at the National Security Summit in Abuja last year, has commenced,” the statement said.
The statement noted that the exercise was remarkable because there had not been recruitment into the Nigeria Police Force for more than five years.
It said that thousands of policemen who died in the course of service, dismissed or retired, had not been replaced since the last five years.
The statement stressed that the recruitment would strengthen and re-energise the force to tackle more security challenges facing the country.
It explained that the exercise could not begin last year because the funding was not captured in the 2015 budget.
It said that no fee would be charged for the processing of the forms which would be filled on-line.
“We are not charging money. It is free, absolutely free,” it said.
The statement said that the exercise would be in three entry points of Constable, Cadet Inspector and Cadet ASP, while there would also be recruitment into the Specialist cadre.
It said that applicants for Police Constables are expected to possess five credits including Mathematics and English Language at Senior School Certificate Examination in not more than two sittings.
It said that for Cadet Inspectors, in addition to having the requirements of Police Constables, candidates would be expected to have an Ordinary National Diploma (OND), Advanced Level (A level), National Certificate in Education (NCE) or their equivalents.
The statement said Candidates for Cadet ASP must possess a University degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND).