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Lack of adequate funding, training, welfare, equipment bedevilling NPF – Former IGP

The Chairman Board of Trustees, Nigeria Police Trust Fund, Suleiman Abba, CFR., has said the Nigeria Police Force is faced with series of challenges hindering its effective policing.

The former Inspector General of Police, IGP, made this disclosure while chatting with Pressmen in Abuja.

Identifying the challenges, Abba said, lack of adequate funding, crime fighting equipment, training and welfare are the limitating factors against effectiveness of the Nigeria Police Force.
He reiterated that different Committes on Nigeria Police Reforms also identified same challenges.

“That is why even the reform committees that have looked into the problems of police and ethical conditions, summed up into four the problems of inadequate funding, the problem of inadequate manpower, the problem of lack of special care about the welfare of the police and the quality of the recruitment and training,” he said.

He also revealed that the creation of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund by President Muhammadu Buhari will soon start addressing all these challenges bedeviling the Nigeria Police Force. While stressing that the Board of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund has three mandates; which are training and retraining of Police Personnel, Procurement of state-of-the arts equipment for fighting crimes and improvement of Police welfare which encompasses both barracks and office accomodation.

Suleiman stated further that the Trust Fund is an Interventionist organisation for the Nigeria Police Force. “…the police now have another source. In summary, the objective of the Trust Fund is mainly to improve on the budgets of the Nigeria Police.”

While urging Police Officers nationwide to be service-oriented, the former IGP assured them of judicious use of the Fund on trust to the Board, with the sole aim of improving the totality of the Nigeria Police Force.

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