The Federal Government has allocated N1.3 trillion to transform the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), fight corruption and reduce security challenges facing the country.
President Goodluck Jonathan announced this yesterday in Makurdi at the Police Service Commission 2014 retreat.
Jonathan said the police was undermined by corruption and indiscipline which he noted have deeply affected operations of the force and stated that the federal government is working out modalities to reduce the ugly trend. The president was represented by the minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed said, “The Nigerian police force is seriously undermined by gross corruption and indiscipline. The federal government has set up a committee to restructure and transform the police, to ensure efficient performance and service delivery.
“To ensure efficient service delivery and transform the police force, Federal Government has allocated the sum of N1.3 trillion and this money would be expended to transform the Nigerian police. Sixty per cent of the allocation would be derived from the monthly allocation of government while fourty per cent will be derived from other sources and the private sector.”
However, the chairman, Police Service Commission and former inspector general of police, Sir Mike Okiro who said the force was no longer stranger to reforms, stated that over the years, successive civilian administrations have expressed deep concern over the declining fortunes of the police and made efforts to reverse the trend.
Okiro noted that the major benefit of the retreat is to allow members of staff of the commission to re-examine goals, objectives and activities in a new light, to re-energise and refocus especially when confronted with strategic planning. He said the forum would educate and discuss issues affecting the police and realise ways that would make the force more efficient in service delivery.