The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal has expressed readiness to give more assistance to the community policing initiative to reduce the rate of crimes across the country.
Governor Tambuwal made the pledge at the inauguration of the State Community Policing Advisory Committee, SCPAC at Government House, Sokoto.
He thanked the Police Force for its effort in protecting lives and property of the citizenry and for initiating the State Community Policing Advisory Committe across the country.
“The creation would go a long way in solving many problems particularly rate of crimes in the country,” the Governor said.
The Governor also explained that the State government and security agencies in the state have cordial working relationship with the aim of achieving the desired objectives.
He lamented the challenges being faced by the Nigeria Police as a result of lack of adequate manpower, logistics and equipments among others.
He called on stakeholders to put all hand on deck to assist police to carryout their constitutional responsibilities effectively.
Police Trust Fund
Tambuwal commended the Nigerian Government for the establishment of the Police Trust Fund and hoped that with the establishment of the fund the challenges would be addressed.
He advised government to continue to train and retrain police officers and men to enable them discharge their duties with professionalism.
He also stressed the need for synergy between the Nigeria police and other stakeholders in order to improve security in the country.
The Governor said that effort should be made to ensure that only people with good character are recruited into the Nigeria Police Force.
In his remarks, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, North West Zone in the Department of Finance and Administration, DIG Abdul Danwawu, said the purpose of establishing the committee was to ensure that all relevant stakeholders are carried along in policing their communities for proper security of lives and properties in the country.
He stated that all voluntary organisations that are duly registered may have a role in this concept of community policing.
Maximum Support to Security
The DIG expressed gratitude to the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, for the timely inauguration of the Advisory Committee, but urged him to continue to give maximum cooperation and to support to the security agencies to reduce rate of crimes among communities.
Also in his welcome address, the Commissioner of Police, Sokoto State, Ibrahim Sani Ka’oje, said the community Policing Advisory Committee was a reflection of the policy of present administration of the Force in the recruitment of Special constable.
Ka’oje said that the Committee would coordinate and deal with community policing matters in order of hierarchy.
According to him, ” this whole interventionist idea is aimed at bringing policing to the people and close perceived gap between the public and the Police”.
Source: Voice of Nigeria