On Monday, president Muhammadu Buhari unveiled the Federal Government’s plans to recruit 10,000 policemen 2 years after the last recruitment by the Nigeria Police Force.
President Buhari, while speaking at the National Security Summit on Community Partnership Approach to Internal Security and Crime Management, organised by the police in Abuja, said the government will also establish a well-trained and equipped anti-terrorism and multi-agency based task force to address the challenges of insurgency in a sustainable manner.
The President also said that efforts were being made to enhance the operational capacity of officers of the Nigeria Police Force through a training programme targeted at giving them the right civil orientation in performing their roles as guardians of the Constitution.
He further stated that the government was already considering the expansion of the Closed Circuit Television across major cities and towns in the country.
- “It is in acknowledgement of this that I have identified youth empowerment as one of the cardinal objectives of our administration; in furtherance to this, the Federal Government is planning to employ at least an extra 10, 000 police officers and establish a properly trained and equipped federal anti-terrorism multi-agency task force that will effectively address the challenge of future insurgency in a sustainable manner.
“In the meantime, efforts are being made to enhance the operational capacity of officers of the Nigeria Police through a tailor made training programme that will give them the right civil orientation in their roles as guardians of the constitution. “In order to further strengthen security of the public space, consideration is being given to the expansion of the CCTV monitoring system across major cities and towns in the country, while the police accountability mechanism will be strengthened.”
The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, called for funding of the Nigeria Police to ensure operational efficiency, stressing that it was only through adequate funding that the huge logistic demand of the police could be met.
The IGP noted that modern policing was a cost-intensive venture, which he said the benefits far outweighed the value of budgetary investment.
- “Through effective funding, the welfare needs of police personnel will be met and the challenge of corruption that has eroded professionalism and public respect for police will be addressed,” he said.
He called for the resuscitation and passage of the Bill on Police Trust Fund pending before the National Assembly to enhance public-police partnership.
He said that the security challenges in the country and inadequate manpower would be best addressed through citizens-driven policing model.
He stated that if the bill was passed into law, the funding challenges of the police would be addressed on a sustainable basis.