Third Class Degree, SSCE Holders Barred From Police Recruitment

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In a bid to sanitize the Nigeria Police as well as carry-out far reaching reforms in repositioning the force to achieve its mandate of effectively securing lives and property, the Police Service Commission has said holders of Secondary School Certificate would no longer be accepted into the Nigeria Police Force as constables.

Inspector General Of Police: M.D Abubakar
Inspector General Of Police: M.D Abubakar

It said the minimum entry requirement now was Ordinary National Diploma.

In the same vein, Third Class degree holders would no longer be accepted as Cadet Inspectors, in line with the reform in the force.

PSC Commissioner and Chairman, Public Affairs Committee of the commission, Ms. Comfort Obi, who stated this at a news conference in Abuja on Monday, explained that the commission had reviewed the recruitment process into the police.

According to her, the PSC has over the years formulated policies aimed at the efficiency and discipline of the police force, adding that background checks are now carried out on applicants to separate bad eggs and discourage shady characters from joining the police.

To achieve some of this lofty objectives, Obi stated that polygraph tests were also carried out on applicants to determine drug users, alcoholics and liars that could tarnish the image of the force.

She said, “The mechanism put in place by the commission is in line with police regulations to ensure that bad eggs don’t find their way into the force. We are focusing on the recruitment process and have raised the minimum entry requirements.

“SSCE holders can no longer join the police as constables; even a third class degree holder cannot join the Cadet Inspector cadre. The minimum qualification for a constable is OND and it must include six credit passes in SSCE including Credit pass in English and Mathematics.”

The PSC Commissioner in charge of Strategy, Dr. Otive Igbuzor, explained that written examinations had been introduced for applicants, adding that promotions in the force were based on merit rather than Federal Character.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Good development, if is not going to be hijacked by politicians but other paramilitary still recognize the above mentioned qualifications. Good SSCE should be considered and third class is not a bad qualification for cadet inspector which equivalent to level 7. Nigeria Police need more than that,for instance most of what stipulated in police manual are not followed on the field e.g supervisee forms are not more maintained in police stations and many other things have gone to extinction. Police need modernized training

  2. Is a very good idea and observation in police com.but d only thing 2b consider is dat majority of third class degree suppose to have 2nd class now adays due to some certain cercumstancies in d Nigerian university’s lecturers

  3. Look at Nigeria police making sellection on qualification.hahahahahahahahahaha,the name police itself means conruption to the hightest degree.if u knw hw ppl hate dat name,u would have change dat word. U would hav told us that SSCE and third class degree is not certificate. Nonsense!

  4. I dnt see any thing wrong wit accepting Ssce holders. Since d situation of d country is growing 4rm bad to worse, many pple do not have d finicial capacity to further ther studies. The Ssce holders shuld be considered cos dis may result to more crime since dere is high rate of unemployment. Even d recruitment into d police force is neva fair cos they recieve bribe & manipulate d list d way they like.

  5. NOW U PEOPLE R GETTING SERIOUS. I HOPE IT WILL BE IMPLEMENTED WITH UTMOST SINCERITY I.E DEVOUR OF CORRUPTION? HND SHOULD HV BEEN THE CUTOFF WHILE THIRD CLASS SHOULD BE MADE TO UNDER GO AN APTITUDE TEST..
    I WILL SUGGEST DAT THOSE STILL IN SERVICE WITH SSCE, SHOULD BE RETIRED WITH FULL BENEFIT TO ENABLE THEM START ANY BUSINESS OF THEIR CHOICE.

  6. I am one of the lucky cadet inspector candidate that was sucessful at the 2012 recruitment carried out by the nigeria police at the state level, but i was pushed out at zonal level with a serving police copral of 40yrs of age. Pls do something about that am still at home i have passion for that job. Thanks may JEHOVAH bless you and your household amen.

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