By Chesa Chesa.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday pledged continued attention to the welfare and operational needs of the Nigeria Police Force following his approval of enhanced Rank Salary Structure Adjustment, by which salaries, allowances and pension of policemen will be increased.
Speaking during an audience in State House, Abuja with members of the Nigeria Police Service Commission and the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force on a “Thank You” visit following his approval, Buhari said the action was with a view to restoring the lost primacy of police in the internal security framework of the country.
The President regretted that the inability of the police in their constitutional role as the frontline force in the prevention of crime, had led to military involvement in the maintenance of law and order throughout the country.
According to him: “From Taraba to Sokoto, to the South-South, people don’t feel secure until they see the military. I am pleased to make the increase in salary and allowances in the hope that it will increase the performance index of the police and strengthen Nigeria’s internal security system.”
President Buhari observed that the more efficient the police is, the more confident the government and citizens will be, noting that “the military should be reserved for higher tasks.
“The police should be able to cope well with the challenges of armed robbery, kidnapping for ransom and such crimes. In every town and village, there is the presence of the police. From all these places, they should be able to forward first class intelligence to you on which to act.
“There is a need to amplify the question of more men of the police, especially given the condition we are in – emergency in the North-East, pervasive insecurity and abduction for ransom and banditry in many parts of the country.”
He still congratulated the police on the success you recorded against criminals taxing people and stopping them from their farms, adding that “we are expecting more from you”.
Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, also assured Nigerians that the police was prepared to redouble efforts to ensure free, fair and credible elections throughout the country in 2019.
“We are ready; we have gone round the country; we have conducted several bye-elections which obviously prepared us to face the main challenge next.
“I am assuring all Nigerians that we are going to do our best in ensuring that we have a free and credible election next year. Obviously, we have the equipment but if we can get more, we will appreciate it,’’ he said.
Idris said he was excited with the whole commitment and efforts aimed at improving not only the salary but the training of the Nigeria Police, and that he therefore expected more dedication and loyalty to government and people of Nigeria from his officers and men.
Full-time Commissioner in the Nigeria Police Service Commission, Justice Clara Ogunbiyi (rtd), who represented the chairman, Musiliu Smith, had informed the President that the Rank Salary Structure Adjustment would enhance police welfare and morale.
She said that the welfare of Nigeria Police needed to be enhanced because the idea of security had become critical.
According to her, policemen should be encouraged as the entire populace will like to see them perform maximally.
Sourced From: The Authority News
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