The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has lamented that a key impediment to the efficiency of the Force is that of inadequate funding.
He stated this while speaking as the Guest speaker during the Alumni Association of the National Institute in Abuja on Thursday. His presentation was titled “Roadmap for Sustainable Policing by The Nigeria Police Force”.
He revealed that the police got N2,359,957,453.00 in the 2016 budget. However, the ideal requirement needed by the Force is N483,284,574,000.00.
The IGP further decried the shortage in manpower.
“Nigeria as a country has an estimated population of 182,000,000 with a police strength of about 338, 490. The United Nation recommended Ratio of policeman to Civilian is 1:400, while going by Nigerian statistics, the ratio is 1:537. This shows that the NPF requires additional 116, 510 personnel to meet up with the recommended strength of 455,000.
He said this manpower shortage is compounded by lack of recruitment of Rank and File since 2010. This, he said had depleted the capacity in the area of community policing.
On Police Recruitment
Similarly, the chief declared that the recruitment of 10,000 applicants will be based on local government quota. He said this is to ensure equal representation at the grassroots across the cadres of the force.
“This is in line with the principle of democratic policing which provides that the police should have equal representative of the community it serves.”
“The current administration has decided to co-opt community and religious leaders as well as civil society organisations(CSOs) in the screening and vetting of the prospective candidates into the force”. Such involvement will make the candidates to be thoroughly vetted in both character and merit.”
The Chief Police Officer also said ensuring the welfare of the men is a paramount motivation factor.
“The present administration is committed to the provisions of welfare packages like dry rations while on beats, operations and theatres. Also, payment of statutory benefits. The federal government is also in collaboration with state governors making concerted efforts to ensure provision of befitting police barracks for the personnel.”