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 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 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 recruitments 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 . ”