The police profession is hardly attracting the requisite attention among the youths in the Southeast. But things may get better as the Police Service Commission (PSC) toured the region in a move to re-awaken the interest of youths in the police.
In the past, recruitment into the Nigeria Police Force was considered very prestigious by many youths in the Southeast. However, in the past few years, the interest to take up a career in the police profession by the youths in the Southeast greatly waned. In spite of the unemployment and insecurity challenges ravaging the Southeast, youths seem to have scorned opportunities to take up a career in the nation’s police force.
Nnamani said the issues border on the security of lives and property of the people and the best time to talk about it is now. He said that the best time to join the NPF was now, adding that the PSC was reforming the system.
“The NPF that will tackle the security challenges in the country will be a new police force that will be well equipped and remunerated. The purpose of this meeting is to act in order to change this unsatisfactory development. Our people should join the armed forces,” he said.
“Our people should come out to be part of this. Most of the reasons being advanced by our people are not genuine enough for youths in the Southeast not to apply. In fact, it is very dangerous for Southeast to leave that vacuum as it is.
“If Southeast allows this to happen, some problems like Customs and traditions may be abused because the policemen that will be brought to your village are people from other parts of the country who may not know your customs. We must occupy the public space in our environment if not others will do it for us,” Okoh said.