By Chizoba Ogbeche
Chairman of Police Service Commission (PSC), IGP Mike Okiro (retd), has charged new Cadet Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs), who passed out at the Police Staff College Jos, Plateau state over the weekend to embrace diligence, hard work and commitment to duty as they prepare to face the challenges of their new office.
A press statement signed by PSC Head, Press and Public Relations, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, yesterday in Abuja, said Okiro explained that the police profession calls for high level of discipline and perseverance, stressing that it is not a vocation for money making.
The spokesperson said the former police boss warned that the “exit door was still open for those of you who may be looking for a platform to become millionaires in a fortnight.
“The Nigeria Police Force is not such place and the Police Service Commission will not hesitate to sanction any of you found at the wrong side of the law, rules and regulations guiding your engagement.”
He said Okiro, however, assured the new cadets that the Force is an Institution, “you will be proud of especially if you are ready to do your work without compromising the rules.”
The commission chairman also assured that PSC would continue to monitor their career and ensure they remained committed, just as he expressed happiness that the recruitment exercise conducted by the Commission in 2016 which produced the new cadets, “has run its full course with the passing out parade.
He said the recruitment was very competitive and transparent, noting: “For the 10,000 needed for recruitment, the Commission received 911,438 applications after which 338,227 were shortlisted from the initial online screening. Out of these figures, 262,426 applied for Cadet ASP and 44,661 were shortlisted.”