According to the IGP, the NPF is facing a housing deficit with over 90 per cent of its personnel in barracks lacking proper accommodation.
He made this known while speaking at the quarter four 2021 public-private partnership units consultative (3PUCF) meeting organised by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) in Abuja.
The IGP was represented by Zanna Ibrahim, the Deputy Inspector-General (DIG), logistics and supply.
He argued that a good living condition is important for optimal service delivery as housing is considered a fundamental physiological human need and the foundation on which to develop higher human motivation.
“It will surprise you to know that with a workforce of over 350,000 in staff strength, the NPF has less than 10 per cent of its personnel quartered in befitting barracks accommodation,” he said.
“The state of disrepair and integrity failure in our barracks needs no emphasis and we are really in dire need of befitting accommodation to enable us to tackle the art and act of policing the nation optimally.
“Suffice to add that there is an ongoing initiative to recruit 10,000 constables for the next six years annually, thereby increasing the housing needs for police officers,” he said.
Baba also said the force remained resolute in following due process based on extant laws in the pursuit of infrastructural development through PPP.
The IGP said the decay in police infrastructure, negative maintenance culture, years of neglect due to poor budgetary allocation, destruction of police facilities resulting from the #EndSARS protests, banditry, Boko Haram/IPOB activities are still being grappled with.
However, in spite of the challenges, the force is seeking better collaboration with critical stakeholders toward revamping, improving and sustaining a better security architecture for the nation, the IGP noted.
His comments come days after the federal government launched the portal for the sale of houses completed under its National Housing Programme, NHP.
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, who launched the portal, said the houses were in one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom and duplex categories.
Family Raises Alarm As Abuja Farmer Is Murdered
According to the family, Muhammad Hassan, who was a farmer was killed by the herders while working on his father’s farm on January 14, 2022.
NaijaOnPoint gathered that the deceased had been having issues with the herders, who settled near his father’s farm, for more than a decade.
The funeral rites of the deceased were conducted, according to Islamic rites in Nyanya.
One of the sons of the deceased, Ibrahim Hassan, said their father had farmed the land since 1984.
He said the herders had attempted to kill their father on different occasions, saying that in 2021, the deceased sustained injuries after a clash.
However, NaijaOnPoint gathered that to prevent the issue from escalating, the leader of Fulani in the area with help from some elders of the community got one of the accused arrested and handed him over to police for investigation.
The relations of the victim called for thorough investigation into the matter to ensure that the assailants are brought to book.
A witness, who is also a friend to the deceased, said he heard a noise but before he reached the scene, they had already killed the victim.
Attempts to hear from the herders were abortive but the police in Karu said they were investigating the matter.
2023: No Election Timetable Until Electoral Bill Is Signed Into Law – INEC
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this in Abuja, on Tuesday, at the first quarterly meeting with political parties for the 2022.
He said the commission was looking forward to a speedy passage of the bill, which will determine its preparation for the 2023 General Elections.
“On the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before the National Assembly, the commission is encouraged by the Senate President’s assurance to give priority attention to the Bill when the National Assembly reconvenes from its recess today, and the commitment by the President to assent to the Bill as soon as the issue of mode of primaries by political parties is resolved.”
“We look forward to a speedy passage of the Bill, which is crucial to our preparations for future elections. As soon as it is signed into law, the commission will quickly release the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2023 General Election based on the new law,” Yakubu said.
He said 2022 is going to be a very busy year for the commission and the political parties, with the 2023 General Election just 396 days away, thus all the critical preparations must be concluded this year.
On the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), Yakubu said as at 17th January, a total of 8,260,076 eligible Nigerians commenced the online pre-registration, completed the registration physically or applied for transfer to new voting locations, replacement of their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) or updated their voter information records as required by law.
He said, “The commission has been publishing weekly progress reports of the exercise. We are aware that Nigerians want to know when their PVCs will be available for collection. At the moment, the commission is undertaking the most comprehensive cleaning up of the data to ensure that only eligible citizens are added to the voters’ register for the 2023 General Election and will share our findings with Nigerians and the actual dates for the collection of the PVCs nationwide will be announced very soon.”
The INEC Chairman urged the political parties to continue to encourage eligible voters who have not registered to do so, bearing in mind that those who had registered at any time previously need not register again.