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New constables need their pay

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It is likely the constables newly recruited into the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) are worried about their financial situation. They have not been paid salaries for more than six months, according to a report.  A senior officer was reported saying “They have been working since May but they have not been paid till date.”



The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, last year carried out the recruitment of 10,000 constables.  The Appeal Court, in September, nullified the recruitment, and unanimously held that the IGP lacked the power to recruit constables for the police force.

The court also held that the power to carry out the recruitment was exclusively that of the Police Service Commission (PSC), which had challenged the IGP over the recruitment. The appellate court declared the recruitment carried out by the IGP “null and void.”



That was a problem for the recruits. However, the PSC decided to use the IGP’s list of successful applicants instead of carrying out a fresh recruitment.  The commission said it chose to rescreen the candidates “considering that resources had been expended in the training of these candidates and that these candidates had been exposed to weapon and weaponry.”  Rescreened applicants who were successful, the commission said, “are expected to be absorbed into the Force.”

The PSC is supposed to issue appointment letters and approve their inclusion in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) for the payment of their salaries and allowances.  This should happen within a reasonable period.

It is not clear how many candidates were successfully rescreened.  The commission had discovered irregularities concerning the IGP’s recruitment of 10,000 constables. It found out that “925 persons never applied for recruitment and did not go through the stages and processes of recruitment. These included screening, aptitude test and medical examinations.”

Were these 925 odd recruits also rescreened?  They didn’t deserve to be rescreened, considering how they were recruited, which suggested corruption.

It is bad that the new constables are starting in difficult circumstances, with the non-payment of their salaries and allowances for some months.  This could be discouraging.  They may be tempted to engage in acts of corruption to survive.

It is noteworthy that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission “to expedite action on the finalization of the new salary structure of members of the Nigeria Police Force.”

Ironically, the PSC, by delaying the payment of the new constables, showed disregard for the welfare of police personnel.

New constables need their pay

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