President Muhammadu Buhari has approves fresh recruitment of 400,000 police officers ahead of the full community policing implementation.
According to sources from the presidency, “the Police Affairs Ministry is overseeing the Community Policing Policy, the Public Security Trust Fund, and Recruitment of 400,000 officers nationwide.”
President Buhari gave the nod of approval to the Ministry of Police Affairs to recruit additional 400,000 policemen to address the manpower shortage in the Nigeria Police Force and insecurity in the country.
The approval came despite an existing court order barring the Inspector General of Police from going on with the recruitment.
The Police Service Commission is engaged with the police in an ongoing legal tussle over which agency had the right to carry out the recruitment of police personnel.
Already, the police affairs minister, Mohammed Dingyadi, has set up a 13-man Ministerial Project Coordination Committee to drive the recruitment as well as the implementation process of new policies to end security challenges in the country.
A statement on Sunday by Head of Press and Public Relations Unit of the ministry, Odutayo Oluseyi, said the committee would also work out appropriate programmes and projects to accomplish the assigned priorities and deliverables.
Dingyadi said, “It is instructive to point out these government priorities have been developed in line with the vision of this administration which is targeted towards building a prosperous economy, eradicating corruption and providing security for all.”
Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Nnamdi Mbaeri disclosed that during the Presidential Retreat, a committee was constituted under the Chairmanship of the Vice President.
The aim, he said, is to review the performance of the government during the last four years and also articulate a programme of action which would provide strategic direction for the Administration’s next level agenda, 2019-2023.
Mbaeri said: “The police affairs ministry was assigned specific priorities and deliverables including full implementation of the Community Policing Policy, the recruitment of additional 400,000 policemen across the country, establishment of a Federal Public-Private Security Trust Fund amongst others.”
According to the permanent secretary, it was in the bid to effectively and adequately implement these priorities for the benefit of Nigerians that the ministry considered it imperative to constitute this Ministerial Project Coordination Committee.