ABUJA, Nigeria – The Chairman, Board of Trustees, Nigeria Police Trust Fund, Suleiman Abba, has identified the lack of adequate funding, training and poor welfare as the major challenges limiting the functionality of officers and men of the Force.
Abba, in a statement made available by the NPTF Public Relations Officer (PRO), CSP Olabisi Okuwobi, said the identified factors have been the challenges faced by the police, noting that various committees on Nigeria Police Reforms have equally identified same challenges as the factors militating against the effectiveness of the police.
“That is why even the reform committees that have looked into the problems of police and ethical conditions summed up into four the problems of inadequate funding, the problem of inadequate manpower, the problem of lack of special care about the welfare of the police and the quality of the recruitment and training,” he said.
He said the Nigeria Police Trust Fund created by President Muhammadu Buhari and saddled with the responsibility of addressing the challenges facing the police would soon review the identified factors.
According to him, the Board of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund has three mandates, which include training and retraining of Police Personnel, Procurement of state-of-the-Art equipment for fighting crimes and improvement of Police welfare which encompasses both barracks and office accommodations.
While urging police officers nationwide to be service-oriented, Abba assured them of radical improvement on their welfare, pleading that the Board, as an intervention organisation for the Nigeria Police Force, would ensure an improvement on the budgets of the Nigeria Police.