President Muhammadu Buhari has approved special promotion for outstanding police officers to reward excellence, hard work and competence in the course of duty.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Mohammed Adamu, stated this on Tuesday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The IGP said the President also promised to renovate and build new barracks for officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to bring out the best in them.
At a media briefing after addressing top police officers of the state command at Eleyele, Ibadan, the IGP said the President was aware of the efforts of the command and was ready to reward excellence. He said: “We met with the Southwest governors and traditional rulers on Monday and we discussed security situation within the Southwest. We came out with a number of resolutions that will be implemented.
“In implementing these resolutions, it is through you, the officers and men of the command, with the support of our special forces, that the resolutions from that summit can be implemented. For you to do that, we must empower you.
“We are all appreciative of the fact that you have been hardworking, you have been doing a lot to keep this region safe for business to thrive. We know there are some isolated challenges here and there, but without your presence, without your input, without your dedication in fighting crime, the situation would have been worse. Your efforts will not go unnoticed.
“The Federal Government is aware of the efforts you have been making, not only officers within this geo-political zone but also other officers and men all over the country.
“In view of the fact that most of you are hardworking, you do it because we ask you to do it. The President has instructed me that any police officer, especially within the cadre of junior ones, who excels must be promoted for that performance that he or she has done, for those of you who are working and excelling in performing your duties. So, I will encourage you to put in more efforts to benefit from this special promotion.”
On the deplorable state of many police barracks in the country, Adamu said: “It is for that reason the Federal Government has honest concern, especially President Buhari has honest concern on the welfare of officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force. Whenever we have the opportunity to meet, he asks: ‘Are you taking care of your officers and men?’ And we only say we are doing our best.
“And he has agreed to make sure that our barracks are brought back to a position they used to be to accommodate our officers and men, instead of our officers and men going about looking for accommodation here and there to the extent that they suffer.
“The government is already in the process of renovating the barracks and constructing new ones for all the officers and men of the force.”