President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday unveiled Federal Government’s plans to recruit fresh 10,000 policemen. This is coming just two years after the last recruitment by the Nigeria Police Force.
Buhari, who spoke at the National Security Summit on Community Partnership Approach to Internal Security and Crime Management, organised by the police in Abuja, said the government would also establish a well-trained and equipped anti-terrorism and multi-agency based task force to address the challenge of insurgency in a sustainable manner.
According to the Punch, the last recruitment by the force was in 2013 because the Force lacked funds.
Buhari also said that efforts were being made to enhance the operational capacity of officers of the Nigeria Police through a training programme targeted at giving them the right civil orientation in performing their roles as guardians of the Constitution.
At the summit, the President stated that the government was already considering the expansion of the Closed Circuit Television across major cities and towns in the country.
He said, “It is in acknowledgement of this that I have identified youth empowerment as one of the cardinal objectives of our administration; in furtherance to this, the Federal Government is planning to employ at least an extra 10, 000 police officers and establish a properly trained and equipped federal anti-terrorism multi-agency task force that will effectively address the challenge of future insurgency in a sustainable manner.
“In the meantime, efforts are being made to enhance the operational capacity of officers of the Nigeria Police through a tailor made training programme that will give them the right civil orientation in their roles as guardians of the constitution.
“In order to further strengthen security of the public space, consideration is being given to the expansion of the CCTV monitoring system across major cities and towns in the country, while the police accountability mechanism will be strengthened.”