Umuahia – Rep. Arua Arunsi (PDP-Arochukwu-Ohafia in Abia), on Tuesday said that Nigeria was under-policed, going by the ratio of the police to the country’s population.
Arunsi made the remark in an interview in Umuahia.
The legislator said the current total police figure of 300,000 was grossly inadequate for the country’s estimated 160 million people.
Arunsi, the Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs, said the ongoing police reform would address the numerous challenges confronting the organisation.
“Nigeria has barely 300,000 policemen and this is not enough for a population of 160 million people.
“This is why we are emphasising on the reform aimed at making the police more efficient in the discharge of their constitutional mandate to Nigeria and Nigerians,’’ he said.
The representative said the nation had fared well in the past 52 years, especially in the steady growth in democratic governance.
“As far as democracy is concerned, we have fared very well, especially in our human rights rating,’’ Arunsi said.
He admitted that the country was yet to get to where it ought to be, and called on Nigerians to be patient, saying that the country had the capacity to attain greatness.
Arunsi said the South East caucus in the house had taken a position on state creation, noting that the zone needed an additional state to equal other geo-political zones.
“The position of the caucus is that the South East should have one or more states for the sake of fairness and equity,’’ he said.
The legislator said the caucus was deeply worried by the deplorable state of the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway.
He said the zonal caucus in the National Assembly was considering constituting a committee to liaise with the Federal Government and other relevant agencies on the matter.
Arunsi applauded the Federal Government for approving N2.78 billion contract for the construction of the Nkporo-Ohafia-Abiriba road in his constituency. (NAN)