The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has reiterated the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government’s commitment to improving funding for the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) as well as their standard of living in achieving effective and efficient policing system.
Osinbajo who admitted that the Force was not properly funded and officers not well renumerated, said that the government had been exploring available options to improve the welfare of officers to global acceptable standards.
While attributing poor funding as the major challenge facing the security agency, the vice president listed measures been taken by the government to change the situation, noting that the buhari presidency had been working with the National Assembly to formulate policies that would improve police officers standards of living.
Osinbajo who spoke on Tuesday during the commissioning of the Police Barracks, Special Protection Unit (SPU) base 6 at Omagwa in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, stated that the Police Trust Fund Act was part of the results the government achieved in collaborating with the National Assembly.
He assured that despite the challenges, the present administration was committed to improving the livelihood of police personnel, adding that other government’s was the development of the Niger Delta region through the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
According to him, funding of the Police Force remains a huge challenge, which is why we worked with the National Assembly to enact the Police Trust Fund Act.
“We are looking at other measures to improve funding for the police. This event meets two objectives – It is an important part of our government’s efforts to improve the lives of our police officers and it is also another important milestone in our administration’s pursuit in the peace and development of the Niger Delta,” he said.
The vice president commended the NDDC for constructing the sixth base of the police Special Protection Unit (SPU) in the state, adding that the new building consists of 66 apartments for the security men.