MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
Nigeria’s Police Service Commission (PSC) on Wednesday, canvassed the support of the United Nation Development Programme, (UNDP) and the German Government towards improving policing in Nigeria.
The PSC management had met with a delegation of the UNDP and German Government during which it canvassed for support and productive partnership in improving Policing in Nigeria in line with the ongoing Police Reforms.
According to the Commission’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani “this is in continuation of the Commission’s stakeholders advocacy meetings for a holistic overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force for optimum service delivery.
“It is also the brainchild of the Commission’s Chairman, Dr. Solomon Arase, a former Inspector General of Police.”
At the Meeting which held at the Corporate Headquarters of the Commission in Jabi,. Abuja, Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, retired Justice of the Supreme Court, who represented the Chairman said it has been a difficult task to oversight the Police with the myriads of challenges facing the Commission.
Justice Ogunbiyi solicited assistance from the Organization and the German Government in some areas that would help the Commission rebuild the Nigeria Police Force for better performance.
She mentioned the building of an automated Police Personnel database and Conduct of a verification exercise on Police Personnel.
This, she said will enable the Commission have a reliable data on Police Personnel in Nigeria.
Ogunbiyi also said the Commission will need support in carrying out background checks on recruits and cadets in training to assist verify their credentials and determine previous criminal records or involvement in criminal activities, adding that there was the need the need for medical/psychiatric evaluation of Police Officers for early detection of illness and prevent sudden deaths while in service.
According to her, it will also help discover Officers who are addicted to hard drugs or alcohol and rehabilitate them. Mentally unstable Officers will also be discovered and taken off the streets or their appointments terminated.
The PSC representative called for support for specialized training of staff of the Commission on investigation, communication skills, ICT and administrative procedures of the Nigeria Police Force, explaining that this will help equip staff with the required skills that would enable them optimally perform their duties.
The UNDP Nigeria representative Simon Ridley in his speech said the Organization was in the Commission to explore how it can collaborate, partner, support and strenghten the ongoing Police Reforms in the Country.
Mr. Ridley noted that the Organization was also interested in the Commission’s role in Police oversight and accountability and to explore opportunities for collaboration.
Grothe Tobias of the Federal Foreign Office of the German Embassy, Security Sector represented the German Government at the Stakeholders Meeting.