… vows to close the capacity gaps in PSC, Police

The Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Dr. Solomon Arase, CFR, has met with delegations from the National Examination Council, NECO, and the Public Service Institute of Nigeria, two rated Nigerian training and examination institutions.

Dr. Arase met separately with the two Institutions at the Corporate Headquarters of the Commission in Jabi, Abuja, on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 13th and 14th 2023 where he bemoaned the lack of capacity in the Commission and the Nigeria Police Force.

He vowed to close the capacity gaps in the Commission and the Police and extended a hand of fellowship to the management of the two training and examination institutions so as to quickly fix these gaps in the interest of viable and efficient Policing in Nigeria according to him, the Police, lead Agency in internal security and its oversight body, the Commission should not be allowed to lack capacity, especially at this critical period of nation building.

The Chairman noted that over 200 senior Police Officers would soon be retiring from service stressing that this will obviously create manpower shortfall and capacity gaps in the service.

Dr. Arase said the Commission will want to deepen its relationship with the two Institutions so as to leverage their manpower and capacity developments.

He said the Commission will also make a case for the upgrading of junior Officers who have obtained additional qualifications and will need to collaborate with the Institutions for short service training for these Officers before they are upgraded to the Officer cadre.

He also admitted that the Commission’s recruitment system has been problematic, adding that under his watch “we will do what is right and complement the efforts of the Police”.

” This is not the age where you bring people who can not read or write and we have to be careful with the people we give arms to”.

Dr. Abdul-Ganiyu Obatoyinbo, mni, Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Service Institute of Nigeria commended the PSC Chairman for his efforts so far in stabilising a very important sector of the nation’s existence.

The Administrator said that the Institute as the face of the nation as it relates to capacity building will want to use the PSC Chairman as a catalyst to forge a strong relationship with the Nigeria Police in terms of training since the Police officers are public servants.

The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of NECO, Prof. Dantani Ibrahim told the Chairman that the examination body has come to stay and contribute to the nation’s educational career progression.

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