Federal Government targets N1.5trn for police reforms

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President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed that the Federal Government is ready to spend N1.5 trillion to reform Police Force in Nigeria in the next five years.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Jonathan made this known at a two-day retreat on “Sustaining Nigeria Police Reforms,” in Makurdi on Thursday.

The event was organised by the Police Service Commission in conjunction with the Benue Government.

Represented by Senator Bala Mohammed, the Minister of the FCT, Jonathan said government was committed to building the capacity of the police force in the country through ongoing reforms.

Jonathan said that 60 per cent of the money would be provided by government, while the remaining 40 per cent would come from the private sector, including non-governmental organisations.

He assured that the Federal Government was committed to equipping the police for enhanced performance.

The president urged the commission to build a police force that was impeccable and committed to ensuring the security of all Nigerians.

He said the Federal Government had accepted the recommendations of Governor Peter Obi’s committee on the police and would soon issue a white paper on it.

He advised participants at the retreat to contribute meaningfully to the topics, noting that such recommendations might help the government to tackle rising cases of insurgency in the country.

Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam, in his remark, said the police had to imbibe the discipline of being accountable to the elected representatives of the people.

Suswam said that by being accountable, the police would consult widely with the people through their representatives to reflect their views on police reforms.

The governor said reforms that never reflected the views of the people would be disregarded.

He called on the police to redouble their efforts in providing security to the people, especially as the country moves closer to elections.
Suswam condemned agitations for state police, pointing out that the country is not ripe enough to have state police.

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