BY Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa – Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, has joined in the call for improved funding for the Nigeria Police Force to enable it play a more leading and dependable role in the protection of life and property in the country.
Dickson, a former policeman, who played host to the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar in Yenagoa, said: “There was no alternative to a well- funded, trained, motivated and well- equipped Police Force in the maintenance of law and order.”
The governor, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant Media and Public Affairs, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said his administration was committed to fulfilling its promise of constructing a befitting Officers’ Mess for the State Police Command.
“The Ministry of Special Projects had been directed to liaise with the state Commissioner of Police for his input in the designs of the proposed Officers’ Mess, which is expected to be completed in the next six months.”
He called for increased Police presence in the state through the construction of a befitting Police Barracks as well as headquarters building for the state Police Command.
The governor expressed appreciation to the Federal Government and the Acting IG for giving approval for the setting up of a special security outfit in the state.
Governor Dickson intimated the IG, that security had significantly improved in the state and commended the state Police Command as well as other security agencies for their efforts.
Earlier in his remarks, Mr.Abubakar said corruption had been drastically reduced by 80 percent, following the removal of road blocks nation-wide.
He noted that road blocks all over the world were mounted temporarily during crisis period, stressing that the order to dismantle them was part of efforts to restore professionalism to the Police.