Thursday, November 7, 2013

Jonathan Reassures Nigeria Police Of Improved Welfare

President Goodluck Jonathan said on Thursday the Federal Government
would continue to provide necessary support for improved efficiency
and welfare of the Nigeria Police.
Jonathan gave the assurance when he inaugurated 80 units of 4-bedroom
flats built by the Nigeria Police at Lugbe, Abuja.
Represented by Vice-President Namadi Sambo, Jonathan said the project
signified the government's determination to provide an environment
conducive for officers and men of the Police.
"This event is significant in several ways.
"It showcases the resolve of government to provide an environment
conducive for officers and men of the Police to feel comfortable and
relaxed in performing their statutory duty of safeguarding the lives
and property of Nigerians.
"We shall continue to provide necessary support infrastructure aimed
at improving efficiency and welfare of the Police Force.''
The President commended the Nigeria Police for its giant strides in
addressing the deficit in the nation's housing sector in line with the
Transformation Agenda of the present administration.
He also commended the Inspector-General of Police and his team for the
successful completion of the project.
According to the President, it goes a long way to demonstrate the
resolve and desire of the Inspector-General of Police for a modern and
well-motivated Police.
"This laudable achievement would go a long way in not only motivating
the personnel to put in their best but will also make them more
effective and proactive in tackling crime and criminality.''
He noted with delight that the housing units were built through a
Public Private Partnership (PPP).
"This is indeed noteworthy and a demonstration of a strong bond of
partnership existing between the police, the public and the private
He, however, reiterated the need for proper maintenance of the
''beautiful blocks of flats to ensure that they stand the test of
He also advised that regular and proper sanitation should be carried
out for cleanliness and healthiness of the environment.
Jonathan called on all stakeholders to partner with the authorities of
the Nigeria Police in providing an enabling environment for officers
and men to attain optimal performance.
Earlier, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Muhammed Abubakar, said
the Nigeria Police would allocate the estates across the country to
its interested personnel on an owner-occupier basis.
''This initiative is capitalised principally by the Nigeria Police
Cooperative Society in conjunction with our development partners.
"And it is structured in such a way that completed buildings are
delivered in habitable conditions to interested police officers and
"Beneficiaries are expected to repay the cost of building through
National Housing Fund loans which the Force accesses on their behalf
from the Federal Mortgage Bank.''
Abubakar thanked President Jonathan for his solidarity, understanding
and support for the Nigeria Police.
He, however, appealed to the President to assist in mobilising support
on behalf of the Nigeria Police for the construction of more houses.
"I make this appeal bearing in mind the dilapidated state of most
police barracks across the country and the fact that these
owner-occupier facilities cannot take the place of barracks."
According to him, the acute accommodation problem of the police can be
solved only by an aggressive intervention.
The estate was named after late Inspector Sunday Badang for his
gallantry and commitment to duty.
Badang died while trying to diffuse an improvised explosive device in
Kaduna on Feb. 14, 2012. He was given a posthumous promotion to the
rank of an Inspector. [NAN]

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