Traffic Wardens Decry 16-Year Career Stagnation

Personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, recruited in 2007/2008 to serve in the Traffic Warden Service, express dissatisfaction over their stagnant careers, highlighting that they have experienced only two promotions in the entire 16-year period.

These officers lament the demoralizing situation where their counterparts in the general duty department, recruited alongside them in 2007, have achieved multiple promotions, reaching the rank of Inspector, while they remain relatively unchanged.

Established in 1975, the Traffic Warden Service, a section of the Nigeria Police Force, was tasked with enforcing traffic rules.

A member of the 2007 recruits, speaking anonymously, suggests a perceived deliberate attempt to marginalize Traffic Warden Service officers, emphasizing the need for intervention and review of their case.

Despite appeals to the police authorities, officers express frustration over what they see as a lack of response, pleading for a reconsideration of their situation. 

A degree holder and family provider among them appeals for support, stating, “The entire scenario is frustrating.”

Another officer, also anonymous, questions the discrimination, pointing out that senior colleagues recruited in 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993 within the Traffic Warden Service have only been promoted four times in 34 years, compared to their general duty counterparts who experienced at least seven promotions.

The officers highlight historical attempts to address the situation, noting that changes allowing promotions up to the rank of DSP were initially implemented but subsequently discontinued by successive Inspector Generals.

Seeking intervention, the traffic wardens have written to key figures, including President Bola Tinubu, expressing their grievances and appealing for attention to their plight.

Efforts to obtain a response from police spokesperson ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi were unsuccessful, while the Police Service Commission’s spokesperson, Ikechukwu Ani, seeks time to confer with the Nigerian Police before responding.


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