BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has set up a committee towards ensuring the smooth take-off of the Nigeria Police Broadcasting Services (NPBS).
The Committee, chaired by the Governor of Kwara state Abdulfatah Ahmed, has Governors Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State, Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Aminu Waziri Tambuwal as members of the technical committee for the proposed Police Broadcasting Services.
Chairman of the Forum, Alhaji Abdulhazeez Yari, who announced the setting up of the committee when the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris met with the governors, commended the police for dousing security challenges in the country.
Yari, who is the governor of Zamfara State, assured the IGP of the Forum’s support in ensuring the successful establishment of the broadcasting station.
Other governors that spoke, commended IGP Idris for his effort in dousing tension in the country, despite limited resources.
Earlier, IGP Ibrahim Idris sought the NGF’s support towards the funding of the Nigeria Police Broadcasting Services (NPBS).
Idris said the station would assist in addressing the myriad of security challenges across the country, adding that the NPBS is a project being created to deliver Public Service Broadcast function that will assist in addressing many of the current security challenges across the country.
He explained that the station will bridge the gap between the Nigeria Police and members of the public, adding that; “When commissioned, it will broadcast Nationwide on TV, Radio, online and the National Emergency Communication Command Control Centre (NEC4) with its Headquarters in Abuja and locations in each of the thirty six (36) States and the FCT to give effective National coverage.
Idris further said; “It will enable the Police to tell its story and set the record straight by telling positive stories and correcting distorted information. The station would also be used to build community relations and enhance positive relations with members of the public.
“The regular budgetary allocation to the Police cannot fund Police operations without alternative source of funding. The police under me would guaranty the protection of lives and property in the country.”