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Police in liquidity trap, says Gov Ohakim

By Daniel Idonor

ABUJA – THE presidential sub-committee on police funding yesterday rose from a meeting to finetune the partnering arrangement between the government and the private sector in funding the Nigerian Police Force, declaring that “the nation’s police is in liquidation bound.”

Speaking on behalf of the Committee, Governor Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State who fielded questions from State House correspondents, after a meeting with Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said since funding was very crucial for an effective police structure, it was important to seek alternative sources of funding for the Force.

He said: “Police is today in a liquidity trap as economists might say and to be able to recover from a liquidity trap, you must have an external force that will help the organisation’s liquidity trap.

“We have discussed extensively on total police reform not only funding but you know funding is very essential, and we are talking about partnering formula where the private sector, the governments, at the state and federal levels, will come together under one umbrella to carry on an intervention system with a view to helping the police recover from its trap.

“We are talking about equipping the police, improving the image of the police, making sure we motivate those who are policemen today. So we are talking about their remuneration, insurance against problems, training the police, capacity building and recruiting more policemen because we are under policed and we are discussing totality of funding all the activities of police,” he said.

On the spate of kidnapping currently going on in the country, he said: “So long as the economy is down, there must always be incidences of kidnapping and other vices in the society.”


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