The Federal Government and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum have proposed to recruit National Youth Service Corps members and graduates of the N’Power Programme to beef up the manpower needs of the Nigeria Police Force.
The corps members and N’Power cadets are to make up for the inadequacy of the ongoing recruitment of 10,000 additional hands by the police.
They will help primarily in boosting community policing.
The Chairman of the NGF and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, disclosed this in Abuja on Friday after he held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
Fayemi stated that the issue topped the agenda of the meeting of the Security Sub-Committee of the National Economic Council headed by him earlier in the week.
He said the governors in particular, felt that the 10,000 men being recruited by the police, would be inadequate in addressing the country’s current security challenges, hence the urgency to seek other options.
He spoke further, “This was a meeting that had in its membership the governors from the six zones, the Inspector-General of Police, Chief of Defence Staff and the National Security Adviser.
“It was the outcome of the last NEC meeting, which focused exclusively on security. That committee has just met a couple of days ago and I was asked to brief both the Vice-President, who chairs the NEC, and the President; as well on the aspect of the work of the sub-committee of NEC that will require the Commander-in-Chief’s support.
“Namely, the organisation of the community policing arrangement that the IGP has announced publicly as his own way of effective response to the security challenges across the board; and the coordination between governors and security chiefs within the six geopolitical zones and then recruitment into the law enforcement agencies. As you may be aware, certain recruitment are going on now particularly with regards to the police. But, we feel in our humble opinion that 10,000 men and women are not enough to add to the police in tackling the dearth of security agents in the country.
“That we will have to figure out a way to increase that number either out of the N’Power cadets, who are coming to the end of their service year, having spent two years, or youth service corps members or any of the other institution that will enable us to boost the manpower of the Nigeria Police Force.”
When asked how Buhari reacted to the proposal, the Ekiti State governor replied that the President “commended the NEC for paying special attention to security.”
Fayemi added, “He also urged the NEC committee to work with the security chiefs who have already briefed him during the security meeting yesterday (Thursday).