Lack of adequate budgetary provision may force the Police Service Commission, PSC, to defer the recruitment of 10, 000 personnel for the Nigerian Police Force till 2016.
Former Inspector-General of Police and Chairman of the PSC, Sir Mike Okiro, stated this at the commissioning of the renovated Ivbiotor police station at the weekend in Benin City.
He also said that ‎the rehabilitation of barracks and stations may precede the recruitment exercise.
“We have not started yet. Police stations have been desolate for five years and before we recruit we need to make provisions to train them, pay them salaries and allowances. This was not captured in this year’s budget. Hopefully, by next year, we will begin the process.”
Okiro commended Deacon Festus Idjoko‎ whose firm, Whosco Ventures Limited, undertook the renovation of the police station saying, “Deacon Festus Idjoko‎ has done what people should do. He called it corporate social responsibility, but I call it national responsibility. We cannot sit down, shout, condemn and vilify the police.”
According to him, what Idjoko has done through his company ‎ is worthy of emulation as, “he did not only see the environment in which the police work, he felt he could make it better for them. Other companies and individuals should emulate this gesture.”
The Police Commissioner, Mr. Chris Ezike, said the ‘new’ police station reflects a paradigm shift in community policing. Whereas Ivbiotor ‎community provided the plot of land on which it stands, Deacon Idjoko, a good citizen, rehabilitated it so that the police can work with passion, commitment and dedication in a conducive environment.
On his part, Idjoko said the gesture which included the regrassing of the parade ground, landscaping, replacement of windows with aluminum profiles, ceiling boards with PVC and tiles on the floors, provision of air conditioners in the charge room and other offices, gasoline generator, Plasma TV and satellite subscription for one year, was part of the Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, of his firm for 2014‎.
He said the gesture is a clear reflection of his organisation’s sincere desire to give back to the society, adding that Whosco Ventures Limited, a private company registered since 2000, would undertake the cost of routine maintenance of the facilities for one year in the hope that police authorities would subsequently take over.


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