By Dayo JOHNSON,Akure
PROMOTION of officers of the Nigeria Police Force would no longer be on the basis of quota system or federal character, the Police Service Commission (PSC) declared yesterday.
The Chairman of the Commission,Mr.Parry Osayande made the declaration in AkureÂ while addressing officers of the Ondo State Command of the force.
According to himâ€™ Federal Character would only come during recruitment but during promotion, anybody that passes the promotion examination for a particular vacancy would be promoted irrespective of the state where he or she comes fromâ€, he said.
He pointed out that the Commission is already working on the policy and others added that specialists in the force would be given special promotion as a way of recognizing their abilities and qualities.
Osanyande noted that â€œwhen the policy is out, somebody who is not wearing the rank of an Assistant Inspector General of Police can earn the salary of the rank if he merited such in terms of his or her specialization.
On the funding of the police, the Chairman said the committee set up by President Umar Musa Yar â€˜AduaÂ to explore alternative source of fund for the police has recommended that a sum N420 billion should be contributed by the three tiers of government.
He said the fund which would be contributed over a period of year, would be used in the purchase of modern equipment, build befitting barracks, good offices and buy mobile equipment like vehicles, helicopters and other necessary tools that would make the job easier.
Osanyande warned the men and officers of the force against acts that had been denting the image of the force noting that the commissionâ€™s pronouncement on the withdrawal of the men from private use particularly by politicians has not changed.
Speaking on the call for state Police, Osanyande said that the Country is not ripe for such arrangement noting that if allowed it would be abused as politicians would use it against their opponents.
According to him â€˜the local and the regional police were merged in 1964 to become Nigeria police due the abuse of the former arrangement by politicians.
Meanwhile, the state governor Dr Olusegun Mimiko said the actions of the men of the Police Force will make or mar the election even as he charged the Nigerian Police Service Commission to put measures in ensuring that the Force performed its onerous
responsibilities efficiently without fear or favour of desperate politicians.
The Governor said this while hosting the principal officers of the Commission to a dinner in Akure emphasized the need for the nationâ€™s security agents to be alive to their duties during elections.
He said: â€œGoing by our recent political experience, there is no doubt that the nationâ€™s security men have vital roles to play if our democracy must thrive. Honestly speaking, your performance in the next yearâ€™s elections will definitely determine the level of the nationâ€™s political stabilityâ€.