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Nigeria: Give Us Adequate Fund and We'll Perform, IG Tells FG

The Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, on Thursday dared the Federal Government, saying with adequate funding, the force would perform effectively.

Abubakar, who stated this during the inauguration of the Force Insurance Auditorium/Transit Camp, explained that it took the Force less than N16 million to complete the one-storey building , using direct labour from policemen from the Works Department.

In his words: "If we are given adequate funding, the police will perform perfectly well. What we lack is enough funding. We can work, especially in the area of barracks' rehabilitation, our men are on ground to perform direct labour. And you know this will save cost."

Explaining the reason behind the building of the transit camp, the police boss said each time police retirees and their next of kin come to the Force Headquarters to collect their entitlements, they were always faced with the accommodation problem.

"You and I know that one of the major problems facing this city is accommodation. Police retirees as well as their next of kin are not left out in this trouble. Some sleep in the primary school classrooms facing the Force Headquarters. Some even sleep under the stair cases and this is highly dehumanising.

"After serving this country or loosing one's relative, to collect entitlements would now become a big problem. Hence the need for this transit camp for the accommodation of these set of people and other officers and rank and file, who have one or two things doing here. This place will serve as a transit camp where they would stay and be comfortable for the short period of their stay in Abuja," the IGP said.

Abubakar said as part of efforts of the police management team to ensure that the retirees or next of kin have little problem in getting their entitlement, the police high command had directed the Zonal Police offices to pay their entitlements rather than coming to Abuja at all times.

The police boss, who did not disclose the actual cost of the one-storey building, therefore called for the full maintenance of the building and ensure that the purpose of which it was erected is being fully utilised.

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