The Nation reports that the Chairman Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Abu Ibrahim, has stated the Upper Chamber is committed to improved welfare package for officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force. He identified provision of decent and affordable shelter for the Police Force as one of the ways and means to boost their morale during active service as well as when they retire.
The Katsina South lawmaker spoke on the heels of reports that the Post -Service Housing Scheme of the Nigeria Police Force was under threat of being abandoned as a result to poor funding.
One of the schemes situated in Lagos and executed under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement is reported to have been technically grounded following inability of the Police to meet its N6.6 billion counterpart funding obligation.
Already the first phase of the project comprising 500 units of three-bedroom flats have been completed and commissioned,
The second phase expected to deliver over a thousand bungalows in Lagos is said been stalled due to poor funding.
Ibrahim, who identified lack of adequate accommodation for police personnel across the nation as a major hindrance to effective policing, said the situation could be improved by not only renovating barracks but by adequate funding of the Post Service Housing Schemes.
He attributed desperation by policemen to acquire wealth to build their own homes as one of the reasons for corruption in the Force.
Ibrahim noted the need for proper funding of the police informed the decision to initiate a Bill for An Act to establish the Nigeria Police Development Fund.
The lawmaker explained the bill which has passed the crucial second reading in the upper chamber has housing as a major plank.
He expressed confidence the enactment of the bill will encourage the police to put in their best in the service of the country.
Source: The Nation