FG to give priority to police welfare — Minister

FG to give priority to police welfare — Minister

The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, on Sunday reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to providing best welfare packages for the country’s policemen.


Dingyadi, who expressed the government’s commitment during an interactive session with newsmen in Sokoto, said that the ministry had developed enhanced strategies for achieving its desired goals in police welfare.


“We are trying, as much as possible, to ensure the general welfare of policemen is properly taken up, so as to enable more excellent performance from the men and officers.


“However, to the best of our knowledge, what the security agencies are doing to combat banditry and other forms of criminality in the country is highly commendable.


“The performance is ongoing and by the grace of God, I want to assure Nigerians that we are going to succeed in the fight soon,” he said.


Besides, Dingyadi said that the Nigeria Police Force was working closely with the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to ensure peace and security in the country.


On the police recruitment, the minister said that the process was generally transparent, as it involved all stakeholders throughout the exercise.


“We ensured that every local government area in the country got a fair share in the recruitment and only eligible candidates were screened, based on the stakeholders’ recommendations,” he said.


Besides, Dingyadi said that the ministry had been paying the pensions and gratuities of retired policemen as and when due, adding that it would continue to enhance the process.


He said that the ministry had also recorded a lot of achievements in the country’s police affairs.


“One of the major achievements we have recorded is the establishment of the Police Trust Fund.


“The Fund is set up to ensure that the police are properly funded, in order to improve their services, strengthen policing and support the community policing system,” he added.

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