No salary for new community police constables in Nigeria -Police
London, Feb. 4, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Community police constables currently being recruited across Nigeria are expected to work purely on voluntary basis without pay
The state commissioners of police, who stated this in separate interviews with a leading Nigerian tabloid, The PUNCH on Monday, said the proposed recruitment was meant for Nigerians who were already employed and not for unemployed youths
In his interview response, the Commissioner for Police in Ebonyi State, Sola Awotinde, said it was important for Nigerians to be told the truth so that whoever wanted to be part of the scheme, should be prepared to know what to expect.
The police commissioner added that people had misconstrued the recruitment order of the IG into the community policing to be another paid job opportunity.
He said, “We have not been given the green light to recruit anybody. We are just at the committee level. I mean the committee that will screen the would be special constables. No command has been given the go-ahead to commence the said recruitment. The Force Headquarters has not done that.
Similarly, the Police Public Relations Officer for the Ekiti State Command, Sunday Abutu, said that the special constables that would be recruited would not be paid.
When asked if the special constables in Ekiti State would be paid, he said, “It will not be different from what is applicable across the federation. For now, what we know is that these people are coming voluntarily. It is going to be voluntary, no monetary attachment for now.”
Oyeyemi said the exercise started on Monday with a meeting held between the Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, and the executive members of the Police Community Relations Committee in the state.
When asked whether the volunteer would get remuneration or not, Oyeyemi said, “No, there is no payment for any recruit for the scheme. It is a purely volunteer service .”
“It is community policing; no money is attached to it. No special qualifications are needed. The volunteers do not need to be graduates or have school certificates. It is a form of community policing constabulary. No money is attached .
The Ogun State Police Command also said it would not pay any of the recruits for the special community policing scheme. That’s according to the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi
But when contacted, the force spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Frank Mba, confirmed that the special constables would not be paid any salary, but stipends.
“The special constables will not be on basic salary, but they would be paid stipends or allowances. That explains the reason the target is not unemployed persons, but employed people like journalists, lawyers, doctors, teachers, traders and those who are gainfully employed.
“The special constables are people who can give us part of their time. That is why it is modelled after the United Kingdom community policing system where people volunteer to provide services.”
The Nigerian government had on January 23 directed the police hierarchy to commence the recruitment of special constables nationwide preparatory to the implementation of its community policing policy.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, in a wireless message directed state police commands to set up screening committees for the recruitment of community policing constables.
The IG ordered all state commissioners of police, assistant commissioners of police and divisional police officers to liaise with traditional rulers and community leaders in their domains to screen volunteers who would be engaged after passing the screening tests.