Newly-appointed chairman of the Police Service Commission, PSC, Mr Musiliu Smith has stressed that the body will not hesitate to dismiss any Policeman found to be undisciplined and incompetent.
In a statement by the commission’s Head, Press and Public Relations, Mr. Ikechukwu Ani, said the commission`s Chairman had disclosed this fact to a delegation from the West African Conflict and Security Team from the British High Commission and United States Embassy in Nigeria visited him..
Smith said that recruitment and promotion in the force would henceforth be based strictly on merit.
The chairman said that the PSC is deeply concerned about the current image of the Nigeria Police that has drawn public ire.
“We are aware of our responsibility to sanitise the place and we are going to ensure that recruitment and promotion will henceforth be based on established rules and majorly on competence,“he said.
Pledging to reposition the force for optimum efficiency and effectiveness, Smith said that the commission will soon hold a retreat to set an agenda for its work.
He promised Nigerians a disciplined force they will be proud of and one that will work within the dictates of the law and established rules and regulations.
He said the commission was aware of the huge responsibilities before it and was prepared to make a success of the challenges.
“We have a very good team, we are focused, we are already discussing on solutions and best ways to improve the police and ensure obedience to law and order.
“We will maintain close and cordial relationship with your Team,” the chairman said.
He called for assistance in the area of building a reliable data base for the commission to manage the personnel of the force.
The delegation from the West African Conflict and Security Team was represented by Katrina Aitken-Laird, Security and Justice Adviser, British High Commission and Michael Bonner, Senior Police Advisor, United States Embassy.
They pledged their support to the commission in the areas of institutional reforms in the police, community policing and capacity building.