Friday, January 21

Prioritising Police funding will address insecurity – Varsity don tells FG

By: Awesome Ekene

A university don, Prof. Osisioma Nwolise has urged the Federal Government to prioritise the funding and training of the Nigeria Police Force as the lead agency for internal security in the country.

Nwolise, also a former Head the Department of Political Science at the University of Ibadan argued that such priority would address the problem of insecurity in the country.

He identified the lack of adequate funding, training and poor welfare as major challenges limiting the functionality of officers and men of the Force.

He said, “Lack of adequate funding and training are major factors militating against the effectiveness of the police in the country and this is the reason we are experiencing insecurity.

“The federal government should place high priority on the funding, training and retraining of police personnel, as well as procurement of state-of-the-art equipment for fighting crimes.

“There is need for the improvement of Police welfare which includes their health, barracks and office accommodations.

“I believe that it will motivate them to discharge their duties diligently as the lead agency for internal security in the country.”

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Nwolise also advocated the inclusion of the functions of the Police Force in the country’s Constitution.

“Another fact is that, if you check the Constitution, the functions of the Police Force are not stated there. Section 214(1) of the Constitution only establishes the Nigerian Police Force.

“The function of the military are stated in the constitution. We need to have same for the Police Force so they can be properly guided in carrying out their mandate,”he added.

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