Chris Steven, Abuja
Hope of a better life after retirement has risen for officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, as they are to own personal residential houses on or before retirement under a new Housing Scheme introduced by the force.
This was disclosed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Training and Development, Emmanuel Inyang, in Sokoto during the Human Rights Sensitization and Training of Trainers Workshops for Police Officers of Sokoto State Command.
According to a former Minister of Police Affairs, Caleb Olukolade, Nigeria is said to have about 370,000 police men who struggle to have decent accommodation and other social welfare.
The Government has been making concrete efforts at giving the men and officers of the Police opportunity to own their own houses as respites to the slums called barracks where they occupy while in service.
The scheme which Inyang said has taken off is being implemented through the Nigeria Police Force Cooperative Society in collaboration with the Federal Mortgage Bank and in partnership with private developers on an “owner – occupier” basis.
He reiterated the commitment of the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force under the current Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, in improving the welfare of all personnel through motivation of training and re-training, promotion and the provision of working materials and equipments.
The DIG recalled the recent unprecedented mass promotion in the force that cut across all cadres and hinted that the exercise would continue as part of a welfare package being implemented gradually to boost their morale.
He explained that the human rights training workshop was aimed at providing a platform to reach out to men and officers of the force on the need for the promotion and protection of human rights in the discharge of their duties.
The training, he added, has provided participants with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to effectively discharge their duties in accordance with the rule of law in compliance with human rights best practices.
Inyang noted that the program was impacting positively on the force as cases of victimization, brutalization, torture and other forms of human rights violations and abuses by officers and men of the force are being reduced to the barest minimum and appealed to members of the public to cooperate and assist the police in its assigned task of protection of life and property, detection and prevention of crime as well as the maintenance of law and order.