Thursday, November 29, 2018

Buhari Increases The Nigerian Police Pay

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the Nigeria police that his administration will continue to give attention to both their welfare and their operational needs with a view to restoring their confidence and morale in discharging their duties to the country.

The President said this when he granted audience to members and leadership of the Nigeria Police Force at the Presidential Villa, Abuja who came for a “Thank You” visit following Buhari’s approval of Rank Salary Structure Adjustment, by which salary, allowances and pension of policemen will be increased.

President Buhari, through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, noted that due to the inability of the Nigerian police to discharge their duties effectively the military had to take charge.

He said, “From Taraba to Sokoto, to the South-South, people don’t feel secure until they see the military. I am pleased to make the increase in salary and allowances in the hope that it will increase the performance index of the police and strengthen Nigeria’s internal security system.”

He observed that the more efficient the police is, the more confident the government and citizens will be. According to him, “The military should be reserved for higher tasks. The police should be able to cope well with the challenges of armed robbery, kidnapping for ransom and such crimes. In every town and village, there is the presence of the police. “From all these places, they should be able to forward first class intelligence to you on which to act. “There is a need to amplify the question of more men of the police, especially given the condition we are in – emergency in the North-East, pervasive insecurity and abduction for ransom and banditry in many parts of the country. “I congratulate you on the success you recorded against criminals taxing people and stopping them from their farms. We are expecting more from you,” the President told the police.” 

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, also assured that the police will put more efforts to ensure free, fair and credible elections throughout the country next year. Speaking with State House correspondents on the forthcoming elections at the end of the meeting, the IGP said, “We are ready; we have gone round the country; we have conducted several bye-elections which obviously prepared us to face the main challenge next. “I am assuring all Nigerians that we are going to do our best in ensuring that we have a free and credible election next year. “Obviously, we have the equipment but if we can get more, we will appreciate it.” On the welfare of the Police Force, he said that he was excited with the whole commitment and efforts aimed at improving not only the salary but the training of the Nigeria Police Force. He also said that he was expecting more dedication and loyalty from the officers and men of the Nigeria Police. 

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