Maitama Sule Advocates Better Pay Package For The Police

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Elder statesman and First Republic politician, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule has urged the Federal Government to review upward, salaries and welfare packages of men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force so as to enable them put more effort in the discharge of their duties.

The Dan Massanin Kano who was Nigeria ’s first Minister of Petroleum spoke this afternoon in Kano, North-West Nigeria during the opening ceremony of the launch of Police Community Interactive Week organised by Kano state chapter of Police Community Relations Committee, PCRC, and the state Police Command.

He blamed the mounting security lapses in the country on inconsistencies in policies affecting the welfare of the police and other security agencies over the years, pointing out that if the police are adequately taken care of, the bane of corruption within the Force would become history.

Alhaji Sule, who was one time Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, advocated for attractive pay packages for men and officers of the police, adding that, as a matter of policy, government should declare free education, free medical care for children and families of policemen as well as life insurance for serving policemen who died in the course of their duty.

According to him, if officers and men of the Nigerian police were well paid and mobilised, the country’s security challenges as it is being witnessed in recent times would have been averted.

He noted that the Federal Government should work on security reforms that would include free education, free medical care, as well as better housing scheme for men and officers of the Police Force so as to ginger them to show more commitment in the course of their duties.

Pointing out the need for the leaders to take the issue of security seriously, he said, “every person that happens to be in the saddle of leadership has three responsibilities on his shoulders: to protect the lives of the people, to protect their order and to protect their property. These are the three major responsibilities that are on the shoulders of every ruler.

“Every department of the government takes of one or two of these responsibilities. But there are two departments of the government which are responsible for all these three. The police is responsible for all these three. If somebody snatches something from you, you go to the police, if somebody tarnishes your reputation, you go to the police, if somebody kills a member of your family, you go to the police.”

He further noted that, “the police are responsible, therefore, for helping the ruler to discharge the responsibilities God and the society have placed on his shoulders. Indeed, the world can never be governed by force, never by fear, even never by power. In the end what governs is the mind, what conquers is the spirit,” he noted.

Dan Massanin Kano, however, commended the Kano state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ibrahim K. Idris for his laudable performance since he started manning Kano Police Command, adding that it was on record that crime wave has reduced drastically, “but he has to add more grease to his power,” he added.

The Commissioner of Police during his address at the occasion reiterated his desire to involve members of the community in fighting crime in the state, noting that without the involvement of discernible Nigerians, it would be near difficult to combat crime headlong.

He told his audience that his target was to redefine the concept of community policing in such a manner that would ensure that policing Kano becomes a task to everyone, adding that when all hands are on deck, crime would be reduced to the barest minimum.

The police boss further stated that the idea behind the PCRC Week was to bring together all stakeholders within the Committee so as to further galvanise ideas and ensure that the aims and objectives of the Committee were met.

Among those who were rewarded for outstanding performance during the occasion include the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), No’mansland Police Division, Superintendent of Police Shu’abu Bello and Assistant Superintendent of Police, Mua’wiyah Abdullahi Abubakar who were rewarded for exemplary leadership in crime prevention and detection.

By Maduabuchi Nmeribeh/ Kano

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