Chairman of the Police Service Commission, retired Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro, has promised to look into expanding the establishment of the Police Force to accommodate more promotions and reduce stagnation.
Okiro made this known yesterday in Abuja when he received the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase in his office.
A statement by the spokesman of the Commission, Ikechukwu Ani said Mr. Okiro promised to do everything within his powers to boost the morale of the officers and men and the overall efficiency of the Force.
He added that: “The Commission will look into the possibility of expanding the establishment of the Force to accommodate more promotions and reduce stagnation in the Force”.
The statement noted that the acting IGP earlier complained of stagnation in the Force where he said some officers had been on one rank for upwards of eight to nine years because of non-availability of establishment vacancies.
The situation, Arase stressed, had seriously affected the morale of the officers.
He, therefore, appealed to the PSC to assist the Force in ensuring that more establishment vacancies are created to cater for the backlog of promotions in the Force.
The IGP also told Mr. Okiro that the Nigeria Police Force was currently grappling with a decimation in the number of personnel as no less than thirty policemen are lost every month in Nigeria.
These officers, he pointed out, are hardly replaced, adding that this has affected the strength of the Force.
Arase used the opportunity to appeal for urgent recruitment into the Force to ensure that it is well positioned to perform its duties, the statement said.