Police recruitment: 136,177 candidates screened – PSC


By Aluta News

Jan. 16, 2024

The Police Service Commission (PSC) says no fewer than 136,177 candidates has been screened, 108,768 uploaded within six days for the ongoing police recruitment exercise.

The Public Relations Officer of the commission, Mr Ikechukwu Ani disclosed this on Tuesday in a statement.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls  that screening of candidates, who applied to be recruited as Constables into the Nigeria Police Force began on Monday, Jan. 8,  across  the federation.

The Police Service Commission had deployed its personnel to all the states for the exercise.

Ani said that those yet to be uploaded was due to network challenges.

He said the PSC through the Police Recruitment Board, was currently screening 416,270 Nigerian youths, who had showed interest and applied to be considered for a career in the Nigeria police force.

“The candidates are being subjected to physical and credentials screening, a prelude to an aptitude test and other processes, including medical examination.

“The commission has with the ongoing recruitment exercise, upgraded and automated the processes to ensure its credibility and create a measurable standard for final selection of successful candidates.

“Results/outcome of the screening exercise are uploaded real time to the commission’s portal and monitored by the Situation Room set up and led by Commission’s Chairman, Mr Solomon Arase, retired Inspector-General of Police,” he said.

Ani said the chairman commended the officials for the success so far, pointing out, however, that Arase was not happy that some candidates were unable to write their names despite their secondary school certificates.

“Reports from the field showed a curious development, where many candidates with beautiful Senior Secondary School Certificates (SSSC) and National Examination Council Certificates cannot write their names or ordinarily introduce themselves.

“Arase wondered how they acquired such excellent certificates.

“He said that aptitude tests coming as a first stage of the recruitment process will help eliminate obviously unqualified candidates and reduce the size of persons that will subsequently appear for screening.”

Ani further said the chairman had vowed to ensure that the commission got it right and produce a template for effective and efficient recruitment exercise in Nigeria.

“When we get it right at the entry point, we would have almost gotten 60 per cent quality in the expected performance of the officers and that is our objective,” Ani further quoted Arase.


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