President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday charged members of the Police Service Commission (PSC) to redouble their efforts in ensuring that the Nigeria Police Force delivers on its responsibilities.
This is even as the Commission has said the problem of inadequate funding has continued to persist, thereby putting the Commission at a disadvantage.
Buhari spoke in Abuja while receiving the 2018 Annual Report of the Commission, noting that, “the Commission has the most challenging responsibility of carrying out oversight responsibilities of the Police Force,” according to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
“The people that comprise this Commission are mostly personally known to me and some of them have been through the mill, as it were, therefore I expect them to put the Police in order. I personally believe that the Inspector General is doing his best …the Police are always in the frontline and unless we get the police working effectively, the security of this country will remain in doubt.”
The President said that, by the mandate of the Commission, the task of appointment, promotion and disciplinary control of officers of the Nigeria Police, except the Inspector General, fall under it.
“Your assignment is enormous and calls for sacrifice and commitment, especially now that almost every country is faced with severe internal security challenges. Nigeria is no exception,” the President remarked.
The President went on to commend the Commission for new ideas introduced into the workings of the Force, saying: “I am aware that you have put policies in place to reposition the Police Force in the areas of merit-driven promotion and prompt disciplinary actions.
Government will require that you redouble your efforts and ensure that the Police Force receives the required assistance for optimum service delivery.”
He also called on the Commission to ensure a harmonious working relationship with the Police Force.
“I wish to see close communication and understanding between you and the Nigeria Police. This is necessary for the overall efficiency and effectiveness in securing the country,” said the President.
Earlier in his address, Chairman of the Commission Musiliu Smith noted that the envelope system of federal budgeting has left the Commission always financially crippled and unable to attend adequately to its very important constitutional responsibilities.
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