‘Ongoing police recruitment will improve efficiency’
The ongoing recruitment of 10,000 new men and review of salaries, as well as procurement of equipment for the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) are part of the reforms aimed at improving the efficiency of the system, the Ministry of Police Affairs has said.
Permanent secretary in the ministry, Temitope Fashedemi, who reiterated the ministry’s commitment to the implementation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s directives on the Nigeria Police reforms, said it was ready for the reform.
He stated this during the visit of the German Federal Ministry Mission to Nigeria with the Global Security Sector Reform Foundation team to the ministry headquarters, Abuja. The visit was led by Deputy Director for West and Central Africa, German Federal Foreign Office, Alexandre Callegaro.
The Permanent Secretary, who stood in for the Minister of Police Affairs, Dr. Muhammad Maigari, stated that as part of the efforts to reform the police, the Ministry resuscitated the Police Public Complaints Committee (PPCC) to provide a platform for the citizens to report infringements from officers of the police.
He said: “You cannot be a judge in your case, that is the feelings of the citizens which necessitated an independent body that comprises civil society, non-government organisation and others that would treat any complaints against any erring police officers.”
The permanent secretary added that welfare and equipment were critical to police to enable them to discharge their duty, adding that the ministry’s major concern was the public relations with the citizens which needs urgent attention.
He said: “Most of the challenges the police had with the citizens emanate from the lower cadre of the force which constantly have direct contact with the public during their official duty and there is an urgent need for necessary training and support for them to enhance their efficiency.”
The Deputy Director, for West and Central Africa, German Federal Foreign Office, Callegaro, stated that the visit was part of political conversations and consultations that took place between President Muhammad Buhari and Nigeria and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, after the #EndSARS protest and the need for police reform.