‘Police need more than salary increase’

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Senator Abu Ibrahim (APC, Katsina South), has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to initiate an executive bill that will make the police adequately funded and become a self-sufficient agency.

Senator Ibrahim told a press conference that President Buhari deserves commendation for taking bold steps to increase the wages of Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

He charged Buhari to take urgent steps to guarantee adequate funding for the police.

The lawmaker came with a letter he titled: ‘’Open Letter to President Muhammadu Buhari’’ to the press briefing.

Ibrahim said that through proper legislation, there would be sustainable funding, improved commitment and efficient management of financial resources in the police Force.

Senator Ibrahim declared that the previous attempts at addressing the issue failed due to lack of the enabling law on the operation of the fund.

Ibrahim who was removed as the Senate Police Committee chairman a fortnight ago disclosed that he singlehandedly submitted a bill entitled the ‘’Police Development Fund’ which has gone through second reading and public hearing as well as producing an official report of a public hearing which has been submitted to the Senate.

The Bill, he said, seeks to provide a legal framework for the management of and control of the Special Intervention Fund to be known as Police Development Fund. It will also focus on the training and retraining of personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, provision of equipment, offices as well as related facilities to enhance security delivery to the populace.

In the open letter, Ibrahim said: ‘’Mr. President, stakeholders’ opinions, expressed in both written and oral presentations during the public hearing on the bill before National Assembly, have expressed their total support for its passage into law by the National Assembly.

‘’I should therefore advise that you set up a committee to look at the report and make appropriate recommendations that will encourage the quick passage of an executive bill at the National Assembly,’’ he said.

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