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Police recruitment: How 90% applicants fail to score 30% in exam exercises – PSC

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Police recruitment: How 90% applicants fail to score 30% in exam exercises – PSC

The Police Service Commission (PSC), says that more than 90 per cent of the applicants seeking for recruitment into the Nigeria Police Force have consistently failed to score up to 30 per cent in their examinations.


The Chairman of the commission, Alhaji Musliu Smith stated this during a one- day sensitization and town- hall meeting on the Police Recruitment Exercise in Birnin Kebbi on Monday.
He said,” Part of the challenges the commission discovered during recruitment exercises from 2019 was the academic challenges of the applicants which is a sad reflection of the society.


“The society must encourage upright and responsible citizens to apply for recruitment. 
“If our responsible and upright young ones are discourage from joining the Police, where are we going to source for the Police officers of our dreams?.
“Police and policing are a noble act and deserves the best of the society to join and change the narrative on the issue of internal security of our nation.


“We must raise alarm if we notice not so good persons applying to join the police.  
“There have been cases of robbers finding their way into recruitment camps.
“We must all come together as a community to ensure only the best apply for and are recruited into the Nigeria police.”


Smith,whose speech was read by the Deputy Director of the commission, Hajiya Hawa Komo, noted that the additional concern of the PSC was that most of the applicants seemed to have academically challenges, adding that  more than 90 per cent had consistently failed to score up to 30 per cent in the examinations.
“This is a sad reflection of the caliber of officers that will be patrolling our communities in the event that these persons actually end up enlisted in the police. 

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“Perhaps owing to disenchantment with the police, the inability of citizens to appreciate the value of police and policing has further impacted the quality of persons applying  to work in the force.
“These challenges must be addressed. This is a Herculean task which can be only achieved with the active support of members of the community like you”, he said.


The chairman said that the aim of the sensitization was to directly engage with the stakeholders and listen to their stories and anxieties in order to address them for a symbolic relationship with citizens. In his remark, the Kebbi Governor, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, represented by the Secretary to the State Government(SSG), Alhaji Umar Babale-Yauri, who allied himself with the submissions of the representatives of the traditional rulers at the event that, said that the traditional rulers should be given an opportunity to affirm the character, true identity of the applicants seeking  for police job from their domains.


“The traditional rulers, who are the leaders at the grassroots, know those who are criminals, well behaved, honest and sincere ; and who would be fit to be recruited into the Nigeria Police Force,” he said.

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Bagudu, who commended the sacrifices of the police in securing the state, pledged the readiness of the state government to continue to partner with the commission and the police for the maintaining the peace in the state. 
Earlier, the Kebbi state Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Musa Baba, states that, brilliant youths were eager to join the force compared to the past when intelligent citizens were running away from the force.


Cross- section of the representatives of traditional rulers and religious leaders, who spoke at the event, also urged the commission to inculcate the traditional rulers into the recruitment exercise procedures, stressing that they are the ones who really know the good youths in their domains. 


The retired AIG, Alhaji Lawal Bawa, who is Commissioner of PSC In- charge of the North- West Geo- political zone attended the event.

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