By monday Ijeh
Baba telephoned Abuja on Tuesday when a PTF delegation led by its executive secretary, Mr. Ahmed Sokoto, paid him a courtesy visit.
The police chief called for urgent measures to renovate and build modern structures in the police barracks by the PTF.
He described the PTF as an intervention fund established by the federal government to assist the Nigerian police with logistics, welfare and training.
Baba said the force was in urgent need of accommodation, noting that the Nigerian police were increasing in strength but lacked additional structures to meet the accommodation needs of their growing staff.
“If you enter our barracks, you will understand that the structures are in a deplorable state and that there is therefore an urgent need in terms of renovation.
“I want you to watch, not only the renovation of existing structures, but also the construction of additional structures given the spaces available in the barracks.
“It is always good to have barracks to allow us to mobilize our workforce as quickly as possible in security emergencies,” he said.
The police chief, however, said there were many policies discouraging accommodation in a barracks, saying it was something to be reviewed.
Baba said the police would continue to interact with PTFs to present their logistics, training and retraining needs.
He said it was no longer news that the Nigerian police had faced many challenges over the years which made it difficult for them to function optimally.
According to him, this is the reason why the PTF was created to provide an intervention to the Force in order to allow it to secure the country.
Sokoto pledged the PTF’s commitment to building a well-funded, equipped and motivated Nigerian police force capable of responding to security challenges in accordance with global standards.
“I want to assure you that we are at your service and always ready to work with you for the common good of the Nigerian police and the nation at large.
“We have come a long way in trying to start having an impact and therefore, we assure you that our impact will be felt soon,” he said. (NOPE)
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