By Monday Ijeh, Abuja.
The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Dingyadi, says the Federal Commitment has recruited more policemen to enhance security and safety nationwide.
Dingyadi said this on Thursday in Abuja at the 15th edition of President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) Score Card, organised by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
The minister also said that the government had been strengthening community policing, to enhance the flow of actionable intelligence to aid security agencies in their operations.
Dingyadi said that so far, the ministry had supervised the recruitment of 30,000 police personnel, out of the 40,000 additional police constables approved by the Federal Government.
He added that community volunteers were also trained nationwide to support police operations at the grassroots.
“It is worthy to note that about 25,000 were trained in several police colleges across the country, through arrangements with state governors, local government chairmen and traditional rulers,” he said.
He said that the volunteers, who were trained in basic police duties, modern intelligence-gathering techniques and rule of law, were deployed to their local governments of origin to aid intelligence gathering and improve police visibility.
Besides, the minister said that the signing into law of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund bill by the President Muhammadu Buhari has bridged funding gaps for the Police.
“This has since been made operational by the Ministry of Police Affairs to realise a laudable objective of insulating financing gaps for police operations.
“The Fund has successfully delivered on its 2020 budget with purchase of operational vehicles, arms and ammunition, bullet-proof vests and helmets for police operations.
“The Fund has also purchased medical items to meet the health needs of policemen nationwide, while renovation of offices and barracks also received attention,” he added.
According to Dingyadi, the Police Trust Fund has upgraded the facilities in some police training institutions as well as procured and installed intelligence equipment at the Force Headquarters.
The minister said that the Fund had constructed and provided hospitals and health centres for police personnel, while establishing the Nigeria Police Cyber Crime Control Centre in Abuja.
He said the re-establishment of the Ministry of Police Affairs by President Buhari on Aug. 21, 2019 was aimed at strengthening the internal security architecture of the country.
Dingyadi said that the priority projects and deliverables assigned to the ministry by the Presidency included the enrolment of personnel of agencies under the ministry into the Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System (IPPIS).
He said that the ministry was also mandated to supervise the implementation of government’s policy on community policing and recruitment of additional 40,000 policemen nationwide.
“The ministerial mandate of enrolment into IPPIS was achieved within our first few months in office.
“Personnel of the Nigeria Police, Police Academy, other Police Formations and staff of the Ministry of Police Affairs have been fully enrolled on IPPIS platform,” he added.