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Unions threaten to disrupt police recruitment

By Karls Tsokar
02 June 2016   |   3:24 am
A Commissioner in the commission, Dame Comfort Obi, told The Guardian that the workers’ requests cannot be met, saying available funds couldn’t be used for Staff Duty Tour Allowances (DTA) alone.
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N161m not enough to meet demands, says commission

As the Police Service Commission (PSC) prepares to screen next Monday the nearly one million applications that hit the portal for the advertised 10,000 slots, employees of the commission are threatening to disrupt the exercise until certain conditions are met.

However, the management has cried out that the N161 million released for the exercise cannot satisfy the demands of the workers.

The Guardian exclusively gathered that negotiation with the management to reach a truce recently hit the rocks, as they requested that the initial “arrangement of allowing all staff participate in the exercise for three weeks at the state level” among others be sustained.

The two unions – Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) and Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU), led by Adoyi Adoyi and Umar Sharubutu respectively – had in their ultimatum notification, stated they were yet to be given the requisite refresher for the exercise as required, alleging instead that some senior members of staff had being selected as state coordinators and trained at a workshop.

“That the management should revert to the former proposed arrangement of allowing all staff to participate in the exercise for the three weeks at the state; that if at all anyone is staying back at the office, it should be the management staff as it is done in other MDAs,” the unions said in their memorandum.

A Commissioner in the commission, Dame Comfort Obi, told The Guardian that the workers’ requests cannot be met, saying available funds couldn’t be used for Staff Duty Tour Allowances (DTA) alone.

Also, the acting Secretary to the commission, Emmanuel Ibe, said the demands were unrealistic and ridiculous.

“For economic reasons, these chaps are saying that we must deploy all the staff to stay for 21 days, but where do we have that kind of money to pay their DTA. In the first place, the funds available to the commission cannot take care of that. Secondly, would the office be shutdown because you want to go for a recruitment exercise, just one aspect of the commission’s mandate? he queried.