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2010 budget ‘ll capture police needs – Minister

By Chris Ochayi

ABUJA -  Worried by the level of operational readiness of the police at the divisional levels, the Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Ibrahim Lame yesterday promised that the next year’s budget would capture all the shortcomings identified by the Police Reform Committee (PRC).

Alhaji Lame who named such inadequacies to include the area of logistics, ammunition, accommodation and transportation, however, charged the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ogbonna Onovo to do his best and improve on the effectiveness of police operations at the divisional levels.

The minister told the IGP that the Yar’Adua administration was desirous to improving on police operational efficiency, which it believes would not be achieved if the divisional levels are not immediately improved upon.

Charging the police management team to come up with the budgetary requirements that would meet the needs of the police at that level, the minister noted that, “if this level is continuously being neglected, the reform agenda of the police is bound to fail”.

According to him, “let me start by saying that it is gratifying that you are commencing your job by implementing one of the five cardinal programmes in the Police Reform Agenda of the Yar’Adua administration, by improving on the capacity of the Police in various areas, including logistics, transportation, training and the rest of it”.


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