The Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi has reassured that despite the widespread Insecurity around the country, The Federal Government will not be deterred from conducting next year’s general elections all over the nation.
He said not only would the government ensure the exercise takes place in every part of the country, it would also be free, fair, and credible.
Dingyadi spoke on his ministry’s efforts between August 2019 to 2022 to reposition the Nigeria Police Force to be efficient, well-motivated, well equipped, people-friendly and improve its capacity to face modern-day security challenges.
He said the ministry has ensured the full implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) by all the agencies it supervises.
The Minister said about 25,000 constables were trained in Police colleges across the country with many deployed to their local government of origin to aid in intelligence-gathering techniques and law enforcement.
He said the ministry supervised the recruitment of 30,000 police personnel being the third tranche of the 40,000 additional police constables approved by President Buhari to shore up the manpower of the Force.
The recruitment of the final 10,000 would soon be done by the relevant police stakeholders.
He stated that with the signing into law by the president of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund Bill, the reform of the force effectively took off saying that the fund has led to the successful purchase of operational vehicles, arms, and ammunition, bulletproof vests, and helmets for Police operations and also spoke of upgrade of facilities in some police training institutions at the cost of 660 million naira, procurement and installation of intelligence equipment at Force Headquarters Abuja, Force Headquarters Annex Lagos, Zone 1 Headquarters Kano and Zone 2 Headquarters Lagos at the cost of 1.1 billion naira, construction and provision of hospitals and health centers for police personnel at the cost of 1.37 billion naira, and establishment of Nigeria Police Cyber Crime Control Centre in Abuja at the cost of 841 million naira.
Others are the rehabilitation of Police Detective College Enugu, construction and equipping of FCT Command Abuja and rehabilitation of Police Stations and Barracks in several parts of the country such as Kebbi, Edo, Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Bauchi, Plateau, Abia, Bayelsa, Nasarawa, Niger, Sokoto, Ogun, Lagos, FCT. TRIBUNE