President Muhammadu Buhari has approved an improved salary structure for the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and given assurance that his government would continue to pay attention to the wellbeing and operational needs of the Police force.
Senior Special Assistant to Buhari on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, disclosed in a statement on Monday, that the president confirmed the approval in the State House, Abuja.
The president revealed when he hosted members of the Nigeria Police Service Commission and the leadership of the Police force who were on a “thank you” visit to him.
By the president’s endorsement of the Rank Salary Structure Adjustment, salaries, allowances and pension of policemen will be increased.
Buhari articulated the commitment of his administration to re-establishing the NPF lost dominance in the internal security framework of the country.
He lamented that the inability of the force in performing their constitutional role as the first line of force in the prevention of crime, which had led to military intervention in the maintenance of law and order throughout the country.
“From Taraba to Sokoto, to the South-South, people don’t feel safe until they see the military.
“I am happy to make the increase in salary and allowances in the hope that it will increase the performance index of the police and strengthen Nigeria’s internal security system,” he said.
According to the Statement, the more effective the police is, the more secured the government and citizens will be.
He further said: “The military should be reserved for higher responsibilities. The police should be able to cope well with the challenges of armed robbery,cultism, kidnapping for ransom and such crimes.
“In every town and village, there is the presence of the police. From all these places, they should be able to forward first class reports to you on which to act.”
Mr. President said there was dire need to intensify the question of more men in the police, given the condition the country was currently in.
He listed the present challenges sieging the nation as emergency in the North-East and prevalent insecurity and abduction for ransom and banditry in many other parts of the country.
“I congratulate you on the successes you recorded against criminals disturbing people and stopping them from their farms. We are expecting more from you,” the president told the police leadership.
Chairman, Police Service Commission, Mr Musiliu Smith, represented by Justice Clara Ogunbiyi (rtd), had informed the president that the rank salary structure modification would boost officer’s welfare and morale.
Ibrahim Idris, The Inspector General of Police, also gave the assurance that the police would intensify efforts to ensure free, fair and credible elections next year.