The selection and recruitment exercise of new recruits into ranks and cadres of the Nigerian Police Force will cost up to N9 billion.
The chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Mike Okiro, while at a public hearing organized by the House or Representatives’ Committee on Police Affairs, disclosed that N8.6 billion will be needed for the recruitment exercise of 10,000 officers in the Nigerian Police Force. The budget is broken down as follows:
- Overhead: 339,473,092.50
- Advertisement: 1,892,891.25
- Technical Resources: 1,167,000.00
- Renovation of training institutions: 179,000,000.00
- Feeding: 3,489,750,000.00
- Allowances and Salaries: 2,835,441,000.00
- Accoutrement: 1,013,550,000.00
- Teaching Aid: 118,290,000.00
- Arms and Ammunition for Shooting Range: 450,000,000.00
- Teaching Allowance: 61,266,281.00
- Monitoring and Evaluation: 117,958,719.00.
- Grand Total: 8,607,788,983.75
The former Inspector General of Police further explained that the recruitment exercise is partly dependent upon the readiness of the police training school and colleges. He observed that the relevant institutions for the exercise are undergoing renovations and they are about 65 per cent completed. The exercise intends to recruit 7,500 personnel as police constables, 500 as cadet inspectors, 500 as cadet assistant superintendent of police and 1,500 other various ranks under professionals cadre.
According to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, a psychometric test has been designed to ascertain the following as factors in determining the suitability of applicants: ability, usefulness, aptitude, critical thinking and situational judgment.