Akpabio Tasks NASS On Police Welfare Legislation

Source: pointblanknews.com

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

criminal activities”.
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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