As Nigeria plans to recruit 10,000 people into the Police Force, the Commandant, Police Staff College, Jos, Mr Joseph Mbu, has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to rehabilitate police colleges ahead of the coming massive recruitment.
Mbu, an Assistant Inspector General of Police told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday that the recruitment would be worthless without better facilities in training schools.
He said police colleges were “in utter decay”, saying hostels, lecture halls and other necessary facilities in the colleges were in very poor conditions. The commandant also decried inadequate teaching and non-teaching staff in the colleges, which according to him, remains a major problem.
“Our police colleges, both senior and junior are in very bad state. Most of the structures you see there are dilapidated and the issue of poor staffing is also there.
“Recruitment exercise into various cadres in the force has begun, but the major lacuna will be where to train the recruits.
“We need good facilities and atmosphere to make them better policemen.
“You cannot start exposing recruits by making them pay money indirectly for one thing or the other when ideally the government is supposed to provide everything for them.
“So, I appeal to the president to set up a special committee to examine our colleges with a view to putting them in good shape before the training for the new recruits commences,” Mbu said.