The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mr Usman Baba, has disclosed that less than 10 per cent of Nigeria Police Force personnel has access to befitting accommodation.
Baba, who was represented by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) on Logistics and Supply, Mr Zanna Ibrahim, said a good living condition was important for optimal service delivery as housing was considered a fundamental physiological human need and the foundation on which to develop higher human motivation.
He spoke on Thursday in Abuja at the Quarter Four 2021 Public Private Partnership Units Consultative (3PUCF) meeting organised by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC).
The ICRC initiated the 3PUCF forum to provide a platform that would enhance knowledge and experience sharing among key PPP personnel in MDAs.
Maintaining that the NPF is facing gross housing deficit, the IGP said, “It will surprise you to know that with a workforce of over 350,000 in staff strength, the NPF has less than 10 per cent of its personnel quartered in befitting barracks accommodation.
“The state of disrepair and integrity failure in our barracks need no emphasis and we are really in dire need of befitting accommodation to enable us tackle the art and act of policing the nation optimally.
“Suffice to add that there is an ongoing initiative to recruit 10,000 constables for the next six years annually, thereby increasing the housing needs for police officers and men,” he said.
He, however, said that irrespective of the challenges the police force is grappling with, the force is seeking better collaboration with critical stakeholders toward revamping, improving and sustaining a better security architecture for the nation.
Meanwhile, the Acting Director-General, ICRC, Mr Micheal Ohiani, said the organisation had issued 14 Outline Business Case (OBC) compliance certificates and three Full Business Case (FBC) compliance certificates as at October 31.
“This brings the total compliance certificates granted since inception of ICRC to 113 OBC and 44 FBC.”
He said that the commission had started to charge fees for its regulatory activities, including the review of OBC and FBC and other documents.
He also said the organisation had facilitated World Bank sponsored trainings for 60 people from different organisations, with the aim of global certification for members.