The process of recruitment of 10,000 qualified Nigerians into the Nigeria Police Force as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari at the National Security Summit last year in Abuja has commenced, the Police Service Commission (PSC) said on Wednesday.
A statement by the spokesman of the PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, said the commission had on Tuesday, March 22nd in Abuja, unveiled the online portal for the recruitment.
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 PSC chairman said the unveiling of the portal was in actualization of the presidential directive on the recruitment of the 10,000 policemen and women.
Mr. Okiro further said the Commission considers the exercise remarkable since there has not been recruitment into the Force for more than five years due to financial constraints.
He also explained that the Commission could not commence the exercise last year because the funding was not captured in the 2015 budget.
The PSC added that with the commencement of the process on April 1, interested applicants should access the portal through the Commission’s website www.psc.gov.ng or that of the Nigeria Police Force, www.npf.gov.ng.
The PSC Chairman also announced that there will be no charges for the processing of the forms, which will be done on-line.
Ani quoted the Chairman as saying: “we are not charging money. It is free, absolutely free”.
He also reportedly noted that the portal has been structured in a way that there will be no short cut; “Everybody must go through due process”.
The Commission also said it will be recruiting candidates into the three entry points of the Force, which are Constable, Cadet Inspector and Cadet ASP.
There will also be recruitment into the Specialist cadre, the PSC statement said.
“For Police Constables, applicants are expected to possess five credit level passes including Mathematics and English Language at Senior School Certificate Examination in not more than two sittings”, Ani said.
The Commission’s spokesman added 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 of Education (NCE) or their equivalents.
“Candidates for Cadet ASPs must possess a University degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND)”, Mr. Ani stated.