PSC gets acting chairman, workers suspend strike
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The management of the Police Service Commission has appointed Justice Clara Ogunbiyi as the commission’s acting chairman following the Wednesday resignation of its ex-chairman, Mr Musiliu Smith, amidst the recruitment crisis between the commission and the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force.
This is as the Joint Union Congress of the PSC suspended its ongoing strike.
Citing Schedule 2(4) sub-section 2(2) of the PSC Establishment Act 2001, the spokesperson for the PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, in a statement on Thursday, confirmed that Ogunbiyi, a retired Supreme Court Justice, was appointed by the commission’s management pending the appointment of a new chairman by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
“Justice Ogunbiyi, who was until her nomination the Commissioner I in the PSC and next in the hierarchy to the ex-chairman, expressed her appreciation to her colleagues for the confidence reposed in her and pledged to run an inclusive administration based on the rule of law.
“She noted that the commission deserves the best and promised to ensure that the management will do everything possible to give staff members a commission that they’ll be proud of,” Ani said.
Our correspondent also reported that the PSC workers have suspended their strike to allow the new leadership to attend to their demands.
The union had embarked on an indefinite strike, asking for the resignation of the former chairman, among other issues relating to the recruitment of police constables and officers, welfare, and promotions.
The spokesperson for the union’s JUC, Mr Adoyi Adoyi, told The PUNCH, “Although we have not called off the strike, we suspended the strike for two weeks as the newly-appointed chairperson has promised to make things right, especially as they concern the weakness of the commission in handling its constitutional mandates, and most especially, the welfare of the workers.”