By Abolaji Adebayo
The Chairman, Board of Trustees, Nigeria Police Trust Fund, Suleiman Abba, has identified lack of adequate funding, training and poor welfare as the major challenges limiting the functionality of the Nigeria Police Force.
While speaking with journalists at the weekend, Abba, who is a former Inspector General of Police (IGP), said the identified factors have been the challenges faced by the Police, noting that various committees on Nigeria Police Reforms have equally identified same challenges as the factors militating against the effectiveness of the Nigeria Police.
“That is why even the reform committees that have looked into the problems of Police and ethical conditions summed up into four the problems of inadequate funding, the problem of inadequate manpower, the problem of lack of special care about the welfare of the Police and the quality of the recruitment and training,” he said.
He revealed that the Nigeria Police Trust Fund created by President Muhammadu Buhari and saddled with the responsibility of addressing the challenges facing the police would soon review the identified factors.
According to him, the Board of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund has three mandates, which includes training and retraining of Police Personnel, Procurement of state-of-the Arts equipment for fighting crimes and improvement of Police welfare which encompasses both barracks and office accommodations.
While urging Police officers nationwide to be service-oriented, Abba assured them of radical improvement on their welfare, pleading that the Board, as an intervention organisation for the Nigeria Police Force, would ensure improvement on the budgets of the Nigeria Police.