By Albert AKPOR
LAGOSâ€”Police Affairs minister, Dr. Ibrahim Yakubu Lame has assured that his administration would place high premium on welfare of the men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force saying that his ministry has received N5.5 billion to the effect.Â
The minister said that the duty of the police wasÂ paramount to the socio-economic development of any nation arguing that Nigeria was not an exception.Â According to him, the service delivery of an average police man on the street is poor because of the harsh environment he operates.Â Given a conducive environment and enhanced condition of service, Dr. Lame said the police would perform wonders.
According to him, â€œOne of the most important internal security apparatus is the police force.Â And so, no government would want to joke with its police force.Â If you look at their mandate, they are to provide security to life and property and so no government can joke with the standard,Â preparedness and quality of the police if it must run to secure its own society.Â So it was on the bases of that, that a committee of experts was inaugurated by the President to produce an action plan on how to rescue it from collapse.
My appointment was as result of the recommendation of the committee on the reforms. And after the de-merger, my immediate task is to ensure full implementation of some keys areas that has been identified.Â And one of them is welfare of the men and officers of the force.
So what we are focusing attention is to ensure that the individual police man is adequately taken care of.â€
We want to know how he get prepared for his job.Â You must train the policeman, give him adequate allowance in training, give him an environment that he will thrive in himself and the job he is doing, give him the opportunity to work so that the Nigeria public will also have confidence in what the police are doing.â€
On allegation of fraud, the minister said that the interaction he had with members of the house committee on police affairs was healthy regretting however, that it was over blown by a section of the media.Â He said, â€œThe recent interaction we had with members of the house committee on police affairs was healthy but it was over blown.Â Actually what prompted the interaction was theat they were concerned on the slow implementation of some of the programs which we explained to them.
For us it was a good thing because it provided us the opportunity to understand the commitment to what they are doing and for them to also understand what we are doing; and we have been able to achieve that.
In the 7 cities, the money appropriated was N5.7 billion and only N5.5 billion have so far been released and this release was only made six weeks ago.Â So there would have been a situation to have expended such amount of money within that short period of time.â€