Senior officers in the Nigerian Police Force, including Police Commissioners from across the country, are brainstorming in Uyo in a two-day retreat that seeks to reform the police force ahead of evolving new challenges
Led by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, the retreat holding at Ibom Icon Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo brought critical stakeholders as well as President Mohamadu Buhari who presented a keynote address and declared the session open.
Represented by the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi, President Buhari said the retreat was critical to the advancement of security techniques, especially as the country grapples with insecurity in different shades and forms.
President Buhari noted that already, his administration has approved the recruitment of over forty thousand police personnel in a period of four years in addition to a comprehensive upward review of salaries of officers in the force.
While commending Governor Udom Emmanuel for the peaceful ambiance in the state, President Buhari shared the belief that with the well-crafted theme, the retreat will not only prepare the officers for the challenges of the job but will aid them in evolving new approaches to crime-fighting and also endear the force to Nigerian citizens.
The state Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari to Akwa Ibom and thanked the Inspector- General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, and the entire hierarchy of the Nigerian Police Force, for choosing Akwa Ibom as a venue for the retreat.
Governor Emmanuel said in an age where known approaches to fighting crime have been tested, there was the need for new strategies to take the fight to enemies of peace and defeat them.
He identified unemployment and hopelessness among the youths as some of those issues that must be addressed holistically in the bid to reduce crime in the society, stressing that the task of Stabilizing Internal Security should, however, not be the responsibility of government at the federal level alone but demanded collective collaboration by states to rejig the force for effective policing.
Governor Emmanuel thank the Nigerian Police and other Sister Security Agencies for the robust cooperation which has resulted in the relative peace enjoyed in the State so far and charged participants in the retreat to come up with strategies and policies that would reposition the force for the better
The retreat centered on the theme, “The New Police Vision – A Road Map for Stabilizing Internal Security” and attracted goodwill messages from Ekiti State Governor and Chairman Nigerian Governors Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs, Mr. Bello Usman Kumo, and Chairman Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Haliru Jika.
According to the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali, the retreat ending tomorrow, hopes to review policing vision, mission, and Strategy with a view to aligning the officers with current realities and broadening their critical thinking.