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Nigerian police facing gross housing deficit, IGP raises alarm

The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Usman Baba, says that the Nigerian Police Force faces a large housing deficit, with less than 10 percent of its staff having adequate accommodation.

Baba said this on Thursday in Abuja at the consultative meeting of public-private partnership units for the fourth quarter of 2021, 3PUCF, organized by the Regulatory Commission for Infrastructure Concessions, ICRC.

The 3PUCF forum was initiated by the ICRC to provide a stakeholder engagement platform that would enhance the exchange of knowledge and experiences among key APP staff in the MDAs.

The IGP was represented by the Deputy Inspector General, DIG. in Logistics and Supply, Zanna Ibrahim.

The IGP said that a good living condition was important for optimal service provision, as housing was seen as a fundamental physiological human need and the basis on which to develop greater human motivation.

“You will be surprised to learn that with a staff of more than 350,000, the NPF has less than 10 percent of its staff housed in suitable barracks.

“The state of disrepair and the failure of integrity in our barracks need no emphasis and we really do need adequate accommodation that allows us to approach the art and act of policing the nation optimally.

“Suffice it to add that there is an ongoing initiative to recruit 10,000 police officers over the next six years a year, thus increasing the housing needs for police officers and men,” he said.

Baba also said that the force was determined to follow due process based on current laws in pursuit of infrastructure development through APP.

The IGP said that the deterioration of police infrastructure, negative maintenance culture, years of neglect due to poor budget allocation, destruction of police infrastructure as a result of ENDSARS protests, banditry, Boko- Haram / IPOB and a few others were still being addressed.

However, he said that regardless of them, the force was seeking better collaboration with critical stakeholders to renew, improve and maintain a better security architecture for the nation.

Micheal Ohiani, ICRC Acting Director General, said that, as of October 31, the organization had issued 14 Outline Business Case, OBC compliance certificates and three Full Business Case, FBC compliance certificates.

“This brings the total of certificates of compliance issued since the ICRC’s inception to 113 OBC and 44 FBC.”

He said the commission had started charging fees for its regulatory activities, including reviewing OBC and FBC and other documents.

He also said that the organization had facilitated World Bank-sponsored trainings for 60 people from different organizations, with the goal of obtaining global certification for its members.

According to Ohiani, with the population and market of Nigeria, the goal is to be experts in PPP in Africa.

The ICRC was established to regulate PPP activities in Nigeria to address the physical infrastructure deficit that hampers economic development.

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