Nigeria Police has no Service Scheme, am just working on it – IGP Egbetokun makes revelations
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, has said that one of the challenges confronting the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) is the lack of a service scheme.
The IGP disclosed this on Friday in a reaction to insinuations that those who joined the police as constables would not rise to the superintendent cadre.
Egbetokun, who disclosed this while addressing police officers of the Kwara State Command, said that as the IGP, he is just trying to create a service scheme for the NPF since it was established many years ago.
According to him, policemen, as of today, do not know when their next promotion would come because the procedure was not spelt out.
He said: “Someone mentioned a rumour that when you join police as a constable, you will not go beyond inspector. Let me explain this. The police as at today does not have a service scheme. When I became the IG, one of the things I said I want for the police is to have a service scheme.
“A service scheme is a document where the progression of every officer will be specified. As you are joining the police, you know how you are going to progress. You will know when you are going to be promoted. You will know when you are due for promotion.
“If there will be anything like, ‘if you join as constable, you will not go beyond inspector’, I will not support that it starts with the present policemen that we have. If we are going to do that, it will mean that we are going to start from the beginning; which means that the new set of constables that are coming, they already know that as they are coming into the police force as constables, they are going to terminate at the inspectorate rank.
“For those of you who are already in the system, it will be unfair to you to say you would stagnate at the inspectorate rank. So, that is not going to happen.”