Reps Decry Delay In Recruitment Of 60,000 Men Into Police, Begins Probe Of Deteriorated Police Training Colleges

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The House of Representatives on Wednesday unveiled plans to investigate the deteriorating conditions of Nigeria Police Training Colleges across the country.

The resolution was passed sequel to the adoption of a motion sponsored by Hon. Zayyad Ibrahim, who expressed concern over the delay in the recruitment of 60,000 police personnel as approved by the Presidency since 2019.

In his lead debate, Hon. Ibrahim applauded Federal Government’s initiatives and commitment to tackle the shortage of manpower and the prevalent menace of insecurity afflicting the nation with the recruitment of 60,000 police personnel across the 774 Local Government Areas, translating into 10,000 personnel in a year

He however observed that the Inspector General of Police, on 15 September 2021 revealed that the 2020 recruitment exercise has not been actualized, therefore, 20,000 personnel are expected to be recruited before the end of this year.

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While calling for the House intervention, Hon. Ibrahim observed that the Senate had in September 2019 “summoned the Minister of Police Affairs over the deteriorating conditions of the Colleges with most of them dilapidated states and inadequate to conveniently and efficiently accommodate trainees of such magnitude.

“The House is cognizant of the effect on the health, morale, and productivity of trainees, urgent steps need to be taken in accordance with the provisions of Section 9 Sub-section (d, e, and j) of the Nigerian Police Act to renovate facilities at the Police Training Colleges,” he urged.

To this end, the House mandated its Committee on Police Affairs, to investigate and report back within two weeks for further legislative action.

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