Police Service Commission threatens strike action

Police Service Commission threatens strike action

The Police Service Commission’s (PSC) employees have vowed to go on an indefinite strike; if the PSC chairman, Musiliu Smith, and the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, are unable to find a solution to the ongoing problems with constable recruitment.

Mr. Adoyi Adoyi, the Chairman of the Joint Service Union, PSC chapter, revealed this in a chat with news correspondent on Tuesday.

As a matter of fact, Adoyi said, “We now have a ground to continue with our agitation…This time round, we are embarking on an indefinite strike. We are protesting even to the Presidency…We will let everyone know that we cannot be kept redundant.

“No law puts the commission under the Ministry of Police Affairs. But they feel that the commission should be under the ministry…The chairman has fallen for that.

“We have given the commission and the Police Force 24 hours to resolve the issue, if not; we will proceed with our action.”

Further, Adoyi added that although a retreat had taken place; the PSC chairman never discussed or implemented its recommendations.

Meanwhile, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the force’s public relations officer, stated on Tuesday that there was no issue between the police and the PSC; but that the NPF wanted to clarify the situation on Monday in order to avoid any confusion among prospective hires.

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Specifically, Adejobi made this statement in an appearance on Tuesday’s Sunrise Daily on Channels TV.

He said, “We were shocked about the publication for recruitment on a national daily. Even some principal officers of the PSC were shocked.

“In as much as we are not instituting any investigation into that, we want to assure Nigerians that we are not ready for the 2022 recruitment exercise yet. We had just recruited the 2021 batch who resumed training about two weeks ago; and we are talking about recruiting 10,000 people. We cannot train them because our training school is currently occupied; so, we are not ready for that now.”

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