President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday charged members of the Police Service Commission to redouble their efforts in ensuring that the Nigeria Police Force delivers on its responsibilities.
Speaking while receiving the 2018 Annual Report of the Commission, President Buhari said, “the Commission has the most challenging responsibility of carrying out oversight responsibilities of the Police Force.
He said; “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.”
He said that by the mandate of the Commission, the task of appointment, promotion and disciplinary control of officers of the Nigerian Police Force, except the Inspector General, fall under it.
Buhari added; “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 praised the Commission for new ideas introduced into the workings of the Force, adding that; “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.”
Buhari called on the Commission to ensure harmonious working relationship with the Police Force saying that he wish to see close communication and understanding between it and the Nigeria Police, stressing that this is necessary for the overall efficiency and effectiveness of securing the country.
Earlier the chairman of the Commission, Mr Musiliu Smith, who led other members to State House, intimated the President that, in line with his (President’s) specific directives, the management is gradually putting together a productive Nigeria Police Force that would attract the endorsement of all Nigerians and also receive the acclaim of the policemen themselves.
Smith, a former Inspector General of Police, requested the intervention of the President in overcoming the funding constrains of the Commission as well as securing better office accommodation.