The Joint Trade Union Congress of the Police Service Commission has called on the Commission’s management to go on an indefinite strike over a breach of contract.
The union said the strike will commence from Monday, 29 August 2022.
The President of the Joint Service Union, PSC Chapter, Adoyi Adoyi, disclosed this in an interview with our correspondent on Thursday.
The announcement comes amid disagreements between the commission’s workers, the chairman of the commission, Musiliu Smith, and the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, over which body should be responsible for the recruitment, promotion and appointment of constables and officers.
He noted that the IGP and other police chiefs, in connivance with the PSC chairman, have abrogated the constitutional duty of the PSC.
Adoyi added that the IGP allegedly took it upon himself to exercise the functions of the PSC in blatant disregard of the Nigerian Constitution, a Court of Appeal ruling and the powers of the PSC.
Adoyi said, “We are embarking on an indefinite strike from Monday 29 August to show how dissatisfied we are with the way the PSC is being run by the Chairman of the Commission and the blatant disregard for the Constitution, the court and the PSC by the IGO, Usman Baba.
“The duties of the PSC are enshrined in the Constitution, but the IGP has flouted all that and taken over the duties of the Commission. He appoints and promotes as he sees fit, contrary to what is laid down in the constitution.
“Under the Constitution, the appointment, promotion and recruitment of police officers and constables are the prerogative of the PSC, not the IGP.”