The rate of unemployment in Nigeria is 23.1%, according a recent report of the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS). 

This figure is not fake. In fact, some analysts have said that it should even be worse than that. 

Here again is another evidence that the rate could be higher than what the NBS had quoted. 

The Police Service Commission (PSC) had announced that it was recruiting and it had just 10,000 openings for constables. 

But at the close of the portal on January 11, the commission said it had received 315,032 applications from Nigerians willing to join the Nigeria Police Force.

The commission had received 294,851 applications as at January 10, five weeks after the recruitment portal was opened on November 30, 2018.

President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved the recruitment of 10,000 police constables to beef up the strength of the force.

The spokesman for the commission, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, said the applications came more than five weeks after the recruitment portal was opened.

He said Niger maintained first position on the number of applications received with 18,549, followed by Kaduna with 17,936, Kano, 17,483 and Katsina, 17,354.

Lagos State dropped to the last position with 1,895 applications while Bayelsa had 2,035 applications, he said.

According to Ani, Anambra has 2,204, Ebonyi 2,496 while Abia records 2,976 applications.

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Ani said at the close of the portal, 271,068 males applied while 43,785 female applications were also received.

The commission will commence short listing of qualified applicants based on its requirements stated online, he said.

The spokesman said successful applicants would be invited for physical and document screening.

Ani quoted the Chairman of the commission, Musiliu Smith, as expressing the commitment of the commission to ensure transparent, hitch-free and merit driven-exercise.

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