PSC, govs,others plead with youths to join police

By Christopher Oji

Chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC), former  Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Musiliu Smith, Lagos State and others stakeholders in security have  pleaded with youths  from the South to join the police and other sister agencies.

The stakeholders, during a  one day sensitization/town hall meeting on police recruitment exercise, held at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, noted that the number of people responding to the  call by the Federal Government for police recruitment has nosedived to a worrisome stage.

Chairman of the PSC said parents and other well-meaning Nigerians should make efforts  to encourage upright and responsible citizens to apply for recruitment in the police force.

Mr. Smith said, if the educated and upright youth are motivated to join the police, the country would definitely be on the way to having the right number of men and women needed for efficient policing.

Smith noted  that police and policing are indispensable to a peaceful and growing country that is determined to change the narratives on the issue of her internal security.

“We must continuously raise the alarm if we notice that some criminal elements in our community are applying to join the police with the recommendation of some community leaders. We must  come together as a community to ensure that only the best are recruited into the Nigerian Police. The PSC has adopted an approach to improving police-citizens relationships through community engagement forums such as this one, where issues that affect citizens are addressed and endeavour to keep the conversations going.

The purpose of providing security and safety is defeated if the police as a security organization is contaminated with persons who are criminally-minded owning to the poor caliber of those applying for recruitment.”

No one knows better the character of its citizens than members of the community therefore, citizens are encouraged to kindly urge people of good character to join the force.

“Those applying for intake should take the process seriously by preparing very well   for the examination to give them  the best possible chance of success.”

He, however, added that citizens should endeavour to encourage serving police officers by reporting and commending professionalism and acts of valour  to relevant authorities as much as they regularly report misconducts by bad eggs.

He also said some of the officers are not interested in improving themselves educationally when they eventually join the force.

Governor  Babajide  Sanwo-Olu,  in his remarks, said the meeting was apt  because it was  coming  at this point in time where the services of the police was seriously  needed.

“The PSC is in charge of recruitment while we  can  only support  them . What we have observed over the years is that the number of people joining  the service has been dribbling and we wonder why that is happening”.

Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by  the Secretary to  Lagos State Government, Mrs Folashade Jaji,said it has been observed over the years that the number of people joining the police and Armed forces  has reduced.

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“We wonder why that is happening, and we believe we should encourage the youth to join the 

police and Armed forces . We may not appreciate the importance of encouraging them to join the police and other armed forces until the future. When we are all retired , will there still be people in the police that we can still go to for help.

“We found out that Lagos State indigenes are under-represented and we urge the appropriate persons to work towards this. It means we will not have people to run to in the future. I encourage them to join the police and other force.

“Maybe our youths are not encouraged by the behaviours of our police, hence  they are  not joining. There is also need to take care of the police welfare and needs. In some foreign countries  where you see the police, you admire them and want to join , because the right thing has been done in taking care of them. I am also to tell the commission  to also do the needful so that the police force can act responsibly.”

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun,who was represented by a retired AIG, Olusola Subair, said: “We all need to know that we can only attain prosperity in an ambience of security. That is why we commend  the conveners of this meeting.

To the police, we need to do a lot of homework that will make people to be attracted to the job.

The police officer must know that a little effort can go a long way to change the way you are perceived by the public. There has to be an effort to change the motive.

“A little respect to our police will go a long way to appreciate the police. Let us look at the good that is the police and give them good names so that people outside can see our police and appreciate them.

Social well-being and security of the citizens is our responsible. We will continue to do all that is within our capacity that our people that are willing to join the police are encouraged.”

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 2, AIG Bode Adeleke in his remarks said that there is need to encourage the youth d to join the police force.

“We should also talk to those who are going through the recruitment that nothing comes easy but joining the Police is a way of taking out criminality in our society.”

Chairman Orile Agege local government,

Mr  Johnson Sunday Babatunde,thanked the PSC for putting up the programme,because there is need to encourage the youths to be part and parcel of the recruitment excercise while we sit back and keep seeing other Zones bringing in their people. “All the stakeholders should go back home to tell our people to bring in their youths into the force.

“Also, we should bear it in mind that police are integral parts of our lives, so they should portray the force as the friend of the community either in their dressing, attitude and action.