Due to a breach of an agreement, the Joint Union Congress of the Police Service Commission has sent the commission’s management notice of an upcoming indefinite strike.
The strike, according to the union, will start on Monday, August 29, 2022.
In a chat with our correspondent on Thursday, Mr. Adoyi Adoyi, the chairman of the Joint Service Union, PSC chapter, revealed this.
The notice is being issued amid a dispute over who should be in charge of hiring, promoting, and appointing constables and officers between commission employees, the chairman of the commission, Mr. Musiliu Smith, and the inspector general of police, Usman Baba.
He stated that the PSC’s constitutional role had been overridden by the IGP and other police chiefs acting in collusion with the PSC chairman.
According to Adoyi, the IGP has purportedly taken it upon himself to carry out PSC duties in flagrant defiance of the Nigerian constitution, an Appeal Court ruling, and the PSC’s powers.
Adoyi announced, “We’re starting an indefinite strike on Monday, August 29, to express our displeasure with the way the PSC is being managed by the commission’s chairman and the IGO’s flagrant disdain for the law, the constitution, and the PSC.
The PSC’s responsibilities are outlined in the constitution, but the IGP has ignored everything and taken over the commission’s responsibilities.
In contrast to what is written in the constitution, he promotes and appoints people at his discretion.
The PSC, not the IGP, has the authority to appoint, promote, and recruit police officers and constables by the constitution.