Very soon, a small percentage of young Nigerians will be availed the opportunity to serve their communities and be paid for it, according to reports, 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, it is expected that the corps members and N’Power cadets will make up for the inadequacy of the ongoing recruitment of 10,000 additional hands by the police.
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, according to him, the 10,000 men being recruited by the police would be inadequate to combat the country’s current security challenges, so both the FG and NGF decided on the more urgent option available.
“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 to brief 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 security challenges across the board.
“The coordination between governors and security chiefs within the six 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.”