Akpabio Tasks NASS On Police Welfare Legislation
Governor Godswill Akpabio has harped on the need for National Assembly to
enact a law for better welfare package for members of Nigeria Police Force
in the country as a way of motivating them to perform their official duty
Chief Akpabio, who stated this Monday when the Assistant Commissioner of
Police, Zone 6, Calabar, AIG Mark Idakwu, paid him a courtesy visit at
Governor's Office, Uyo, bemoaned the paltry welfare packages of police
He described the police duty as hazardous in nature and reasoned that
since the police were exposed to dangers, there was need to increase their
welfare package, stating that “When I am elected into Senate, I will
legislate on a law to give better welfare package to the police”.
The Governor particularly noted that the police men worked under severe
conditions, stating that “In the face of insurgency, it is difficult for
the police men to man all security posts because they are few”.
Akpabio, however, commiserated with the families of police officers who
lost their dear ones in trying to keep the country safe and lauded the
police force for working with other security outfits to rid the state of
bad eggs, saying that “There is cooperation between the people and the
police and that is why the crime rate is highly reduced”.
The Governor further stressed the need to deploy more resources for the
training and recruitment of more police men to curb the increasing wave of
He used the forum to advise the police men not to compromise with criminal
elements but to expose criminals in the society, saying that “Do not hide
some criminals who join the police force to hide under its cloak to
perpetrate their criminal tendencies. Do not hide the bad eggs”.
The Governor congratulated the AIG on his posting to the zone, but urged
him to be circumspect with sponsors of criminals, revealing that “While
some ordinary citizens need friendship, criminals need relationship. It
is not an easy to refuse gifts, but you have to be careful with some
people bringing gifts to you so that you may not be influenced or biased
in the discharge of your official duty”.
While commending the Commissioner of Police in the state, Gabriel Achong
for effective policing and tackling of crimes in the state, he announced
the donation of additional 30 new vehicles to Nigeria Police Force in the
Earlier, Idakwu, who had congratulated the Governor on his development
strides in the state and for fostering a cordial working relationship with
the police, thanked him for donating 30 new vehicles to the police in the
state, hinting that soon the Inspector-General of Police would visit the
state to commission the vehicles.
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