President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday, commissioned 1, 000 housing units for the Nigerian police force at Dakwa, Abuja and urged other security agencies and MDAs to emulate the force.
*The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, And Vice President Namadi Sambo, At The Commissioning
The president, who was represented by Vice President Namadi Sambo at the occasion, disclosed that the project demonstrated the commitment of the leadership of the force to the overall welfare of its personnel.
“I am proud to say that the present leadership of the police is focused and is set to balance development of all aspects of policing” Jonathan said.
He explained that the houses, which comprised three, two and one bedroom flats, were constructed through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative.
The president said the houses would be delivered to the personnel at lowest cost through equity contribution.
“Let me reiterate that both the PPP development model and attention to practical mortgage financing initiative are key pillars of the transformation agenda of the present administration” Jonathan said.
The president further revealed that it was encouraging that the police had in the last two years built and delivered 2,000 housing units to its personnel across the nation, saying, however, that many more of such housing units would be needed.
Rep. Usman Kumo, the Chairman, House Committee on Police, who was at the inauguration, urged the Federal Government to fund and equip security agencies to tackle insurgency.
“Let us try to be more practical, the security situation in the country calls for urgent attention” Kumo said. “The difference between our men (security) and the foreign experts we expect to come and complement our efforts is all about skill, tools, equipment and training. I am very, very optimistic that if we give our men the appropriate and desired equipment and funding, we do not need anybody from anywhere to help solve this problem. I am appealing, let us do something drastic, something urgent in funding security agencies, not only the police.”
Responding, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, posited that officers who worked day and night to protect lives and property of the citizenry deserved a befitting accommodation.
Abubakar pointed out that the houses would give them some sense of belonging, as well as motivate and encourage them to be more dedicated to their duties.
“The housing objective of this administration is to ensure that whenever a policeman retires from service, he retires to his personal house” Abubakar said.
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