The Acting Inspector-General of Police IGP, Usman Alkali called on the Management of the Nigeria Police Trust Funds, (PTF) to embark on massive renovation and building of modern structures in the Police barracks nationwide.
IGP Baba who made the request when a delegation from the PTF, led by its Executive Secretary (ES), Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto paid him a courtesy visit at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
The Police boss who said the PTF was an intervention fund established by the Federal Government to assist the Nigeria Police in the areas of logistics, welfare and training pointed out that the force was in dire need of accommodation now.
According to him, the Nigeria Police is growing in strength but not having additional structures to meet the accommodation need of its increasing personnel, if you go into our barracks, you will understand that the structures are in a deplorable state and so, need urgent attention in terms of renovation.
“I want you to look at, not only renovating the existing structures but to build additional ones in view of the spaces available in the barrack, it is always good to have barracks to enable us to mobilise our workforce within the shortest possible time in emergency security situations.”
He, however, said that there were a lot of policies discouraging barrack accommodation but added that it was something to be given a second thought.
Baba promised that the Police would continue to interface with the PTF to present its logistics, training and retraining needs.
On the seeming slow in the take-off of the operations of the Fund, Baba said that it was due to some logistics which were already being addressed squarely at the highest level, saying that very soon Nigerians would start feeling the presence of PTF.
In his remark, the Executive Secretary (ES) of PTF, said that the visit was to congratulate the Acting IGP on his recent appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said that it was no longer news that the Nigeria Police had over the years been faced with numerous challenges, making it difficult for it to perform optimally.
According to him, that is why the PTF was established to provide intervention for the Force to enable it to secure the country.
He pledged the commitment of the PTF to build a well funded, equipped and motivated Nigeria Police that would be responsive to the security challenges in line with global standards.
According to him, “I want to assure you that we are at your service and always ready to work with you for the common good of the Nigeria Police and the nation in general.
“We have gone far in trying to start making an impact and so, we are assuring you that our impact will soon be felt nationwide as our Team will change the marathon for good.”
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