The FRSC was reacting to the position of the Chairman of the Federal Character Commission, Prof Shuaibu Oba who stated that the FRSC recruited 6,000 officers in 2012 – an allegation the body denies.
The Commission’s Public Education Officer, Jonas Agwu, who reacted to reports trailing the recent public hearing held by the Senate Joint Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs and Labour and Employment, in a statement, said: “The FRSC had an approved establishment of 18,834 while its staff strength stood at 13, 092. In view of this, an approval was sought and received from the Head of Civil Service of the Federation to recruit in 2010 which was carried out in 2010/2011.”
“This approval was utilised in 2011 and the successful candidates were sent for training in December, 2011, which lasted up to February, 2012, and were issued appointment letters. It was this training of successful candidates that spilled over to 2012 and not a fresh recruitment. Our policy on recruitment, training and deployment is such that we don’t issue appointment letters until a recruit/cadet passes out from the training camp,” Agwu stated.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to reiterate that the Commission did not recruit any staff in 2012 neither did it involve in any form of recruitment scam.”