Officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force have been assured that President Muhammadu Buhari and IGP Usman Alkali are very much committed to general improved welfare package for the Force.
Though several successive administrations have neglected the welfare of the police and supply of critical equipment like weaponry, the current IGP though with limited resources is working hard to reverse the trend. For the first time the police is supplying vehicles to commands and is undertaking series of critical projects that will not only boast the morale of officers but will provide a conducive environment for them to work.
In a related development, Police officers and men in Lagos and Ogun States under Zone ‘2’ Command have been warned not to be distracted by rumours of imminent strike being peddled by a faceless group trying to heat up the polity and bring the Nigeria Police into disrepute while claiming to be fighting for salary increment implementation by the Federal Government.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone ‘2’ Command, Adeyinka Adeleke, stated this in a lecture.
Adeleke, who addressed police officers and men of Ogun State and Lagos State Commands, described the strike threat as fake and appealed to officers to be calm, law-abiding, steer clear of mutinous action, be focused on their duties and maintain the integrity of the Nigeria Police as a disciplined organisation with laid down rules and guidelines for addressing grievances if any.
AIG Adeleke told the officers during the lecture at the Zone ‘2’ Police Headquarters, Onikan, Lagos that the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, had put measures in place to ensure that policemen are comfortable.
He added that the IG was also seeing to the review of death benefits as well as welfare issues, including salary increment, pension and kits.
He said Baba has accelerated efforts to ensure the full implementation of the increment of salaries and allowances proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari and approved by the Federal Executive Council, even as he continues to deliver on the provision of kits, accoutrements, body armour, Cooperative Society’s housing scheme, renovation of training schools, upgrade of police training curriculum, procurement and deployment of technology to boost ICT-driven policing.
The IGP had earlier assured that the welfare of officers and ranks in the Nigeria Police were being given paramount attention, promising that the proposed new salary would be implemented soon.
A group recently served a notice threatening that the police will go on two weeks strike on March 26 because the salary increment approved by President Buhari has not been implemented by the Federal Government.