The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Usman Baba, has on Thursday, disclosed that all the Police Stations in the country will be upgraded and modernised, ‘both in terms of architectural design, furnishing, and operational protocols’, Page 36 learnt.
IGP Baba made this known during the 2nd Strategic Police Managers Conference, which held at the Force Headquarters, in Abuja
His exact words: “As we strive to build on these achievements, we are also initiating certain actions that are directed at addressing specific issues that impact on our professional output. In this regard, in the course of my recent duty tours, I have noticed, as well as received complaints on the poor and inhabitable state of most Police Barracks. In response to this, the Force Leadership is currently working with the Federal Government and Police Trust Fund, as well as taking full advantage of the Public-Private-Partnership window, towards redeveloping our Barracks, and establishing new affordable housing estates for all cadres of Police Personnel.
“In addition, we are working at modernizing our Police Stations across the country, both in terms of architectural design, furnishing, and operational protocols. In this regard, we have developed a model Police Station architectural design, which will be constructed across all the States of the Federation, in replacement to the existing outdated Police Stations, most of which are no longer fit for purpose. The implementation of this project will soon commence, and the initiative is to create a purpose-built, friendly and befitting working environment for Police operations in the spirit of community policing, and to start giving practical effect to our vision of modernising the Nigeria Police Force.
“In the interim, I have directed the Force Provost Marshal to initiate appropriate sets of actions towards enforcing Barrack rules, restore our facility maintenance culture, and address health and hygiene concerns in our existing Barracks and Police Stations. In compliance with my directives, the Force Provost Marshal has submitted an action plan which has been reviewed and approved for immediate implementation. The Force Provost Marshal will brief this gathering on the details of the plan in the course of this Conference. I must, however, warn that very firm disciplinary actions will henceforth be taken against any Officer that fails to comply with the set of actions being initiated in this regard.”