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FG reiterates commitment to police reforms

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Pays N2.3b benefits to deceased officers’ NOK

Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, has reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to the comprehensive reforms in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

The ministry’s Head of Press and Public Relations Unit, Bolaji Kazeem, stated that the minister gave the indication at the Biennial Sultan Maccido Institute for Peace, Leadership, and Development Studies held at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Abuja yesterday.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Police Affairs, Mr. Tope Fashedemi, the minister pointed out that the police would be supported with modern technology, capacity building and robust welfare programme.

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He said: “I shall continue to work towards emplacing comprehensive reforms in Nigeria Police, modernise police operations through equipping, provision of modern technology and capacity building.”

Other areas, he said, is to put in place a robust welfare programme to secure life and property, as well as create a peaceful environment for the realisation of our individual and collective dream of greatness.

Dingyadi charged participants to affirm the power of honesty, definiteness of purpose, and to be committed in the pursuit of big dreams.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, represented by the Director-General, National Energy Commission, Professor Ini Bala, described good leadership as the foundation of good governance and integrity the lubricant of its intricate structures.

Director of the institute, Professor Mutiu Olasupo, urged the participants to cherish what they learned in the institute, as they have a duty to Africa.

THE Federal government has paid over N2.3 billion as death benefits to Next of Kins (NOKs) of deceased officers, the Head of Service of the Federation (HoSF), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, has disclosed.

Yemi-Esan said it was part of the government’s achievements in the last four years, explaining that only N2.3 billion out of the N5 billion released was paid.

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The balance, he added, will be paid to other officers as soon as her office receives the requisite attention from banks.

She said other achievements recorded by the office include the digitisation of processes and records of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for further reduction in their overhead costs.

The HoSF disclosed this when the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service paid her an oversight visit in Abuja.

She used the occasion to launch a national policy on Virtual Engagement in Federal Public Institutions across the country.

Responding, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, commended the HoSF on the moves towards a paperless civil service, which would eventually enhance service delivery to cut cost and improve turnaround time.

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