FG have recruited 40, 000 Police officers in 4years, says Buhari
In a bid to tackle Nigeria’s worsening security criss, President Muhammadu Buhari says his government has recruited 40, 000 police officers in the past four years and spread them across the states in the country.
Speaking during a two-day retreat for Senior Police Officers in Uyo, on Tuesday, the president represented by the Minister of Police Affairs, Dr Maigari Dingyadi, said his government has also granted assent to the Nigerian Police Trust Fund Act and carried out an upward review of salaries and allowances of the rank and file, in a bid to boost the morale of the Force.
He said in a bid to further boost the anti-crime fight, his government has also initiated several other projects, which he said, included the establishment of a Task Force on need assessment of the Nigeria Police headed by Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
He added that the government has also assented to the Nigerian Police Regulatory Bill 2020 as part of measures to reposition the police force.
He said: “This administration has prioritised the reform, re-equipment and re-engineering the Nigerian Police, being the lead and most critical agency in the nation’s internal security architecture.
“Indeed, since the commencement of the current democratic journey in 1999, no government had shown so much commitment to the welfare and institutional advancement of the Nigerian Police than our current government.
“This is evidenced by the Presidential assent that has been granted to the Nigerian Police Trust Fund bill and the promptness with which the Board of Trustees was inaugurated.
“Furthermore, the Federal Government also approved the recruitment of 40, 000 police personnel over a period of four years, as a pathway towards addressing the huge manpower gap in policing the nation,” Buhari said.
The President also commended the National Assembly and the Nigerian Governors Forum, for their support to the Police Force.
He assured that the federal government would continue to accord priority to efforts aimed at re-engineering and re-equipping the force to tackle increasing and complex security challenges of the country.