The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, yesterday said that over 1,000 police personnel with additional higher qualifications, may get a promotion in the next one or two months after their screening.
He made this known during an interview with journalists shortly after he inaugurated a press centre for the Police Press Coprs at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
According to Arase, at least 1,000 of such police personnel had submitted their certificates for screening.
It would be recalled that the penultimate IGP, Suleiman Abba, had directed heads of commands and formations nationwide to compile and forward names of personnel with additional qualifications for promotion consideration.
Arase, who gave an update on the directive, said that the screening exercise had to be put on hold as a result of the last general elections but that work was on to address the issue.
“Yes, they are processing the applications. What happened was that it coincided with the elections and we felt that we cannot be doing several things at the same time.
“So, we decided to keep that in abeyance until when the elections are over. Now the Force Secretary and the AIG in charge of Administration have started processing it. Those officers, who submitted (applications) to us, we will further screen and test them.
“Possessing the certificate alone does not necessary make you qualify to meet our standard; you will have to go through some tests and verification of the certificates”, he said.
Meanwhile, the IG has decorated 14 newly promoted Commissioners of Police with their new rank.
The police chief charged the senior officers to institutionalise the policy thrust of the current leadership of the Force wherever they were posted.