Sunday, 11 February 2018
PSC boss speaks on police recruitment, vows to cut personnel protecting VIPs
He also spoke on fresh recruitment by the Nigeria Police Force.
He said that the commission in conjunction with the Force, had commenced the implementation of the withdrawal of policemen but the exercise was stalled due to lack of fund.
“We cannot afford to have more than half of the population of the Police in private hands.
“We could not sustain the enforcement of the order on the withdrawal of policemen attached to unqualified persons in the country because of lack of fund”, he told NAN.
Okiro said that the nation cannot be battling with shortage of manpower in the force while majority of these officers would be in the service of few privileged Nigerians.
The chairman said that that the number of policemen in the country was inadequate for the population, hence the request for the recruitment of more policemen.
He said that issue of paucity of fund had been one of the problems hindering the recruitment of more policemen for enhanced service delivery.
“The Nigeria police Force is underfunded and not only in the area of manpower.
“The issue of funding is very strategic to the Nigeria Police Force. If you want to police Nigeria as it should be, the entire budget of Nigeria cannot be enough for that,” he said.