The Ministry of Police Affairs has commenced the process of developing and implementing a harmonized police reform report towards amending the Police Act to ensure better internal security in Nigeria in line with the core mandates of the ministry, the Minister of State for Police Affairs, Hajia Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim has disclosed.
Sulaiman-Ibrahim who stated this during a 2-Day Retreat for the Directorate cadre with a theme Re: Envisioning the Ministry of Police Affairs for Effective Internal Security: strengthening Administration and Management Functions for Resilience and Efficiency held at the Wetland Hotel, Abuja, stated that the mandates of the ministry are not mere tasks but transformative initiatives that can enhance internal security in Nigeria.
Pic: representative of the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Head of Conflict and Security Programme (Nigeria and Lake Chad Basin), Mr. Annup Vyas; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Police Affairs, Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo; Minister of State for Police Affairs, Hajia Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim; Minister of State for Police Affairs, Hajia Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim and Executive Secretary, Nigeria Police Trust Fund, Abdullahi Bala Sokoto during a 2-Day Retreat for Directorate cadre with a theme Re: Envisioning the Ministry of Police Affairs for Effective Internal Security: strengthening Administration and Management Functions for Resilience and Efficiency holding at the Wetland Hotel, Abuja.
According to her, the two-day management retreat will inspire a collective commitment to align efforts of the Ministerial mandate to contribute to the realization of President Bola Tinubu’s vision for a renewed, highly effective Nigeria Police Force.
Sulaiman-Ibrahim recalled that the Nigeria Police Force finds itself at a critical juncture, and currently struggling with the consequences of decades of neglect that have hindered its ability to fulfill its constitutional mandate.
“The Ministry of Police Affairs has also not been spared. However, given Mr President’s commitment to reforming the Nigeria Police Force, the Ministry is now positioned at the forefront of the Police transformation agenda, and it must rise to the challenge.
“The Ministry must bear this weighty responsibility of ensuring coordination and creating the enabling frameworks to steer the Nigeria Police Force towards improved technical and operational effectiveness,” the minister said.
Speaking on the expectations of the ministry, the Minister noted that management staff must demonstrate unwavering commitment and the will required to yield tangible results, adding that the Police Inspectorate Department, in particular, should evolve its operations to focus on robust Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning.
She said, “Reports must be factual, practical, evidence-based, and serve as critical tools for enhancing police performance. It must champion the review of the curriculum of the training institutions to ensure they are reflective of the evolving landscape of law enforcement, incorporating contemporary practices and international standards”.
The Minister charged the Police Service and Planning, Research, and Statistics Department to ensure administrative optimization and relevant policies as well as procedures for the Police to be up to date, adoption of Cutting-edge Technology, intelligence-led, technology-driven, inclusive, and community-based Police Force in Nigeria. “Fostering partnerships with renowned research institutions and staying current with global trends, this department will play a vital role in shaping evidence-based strategies for the Nigeria Police Force. She stressed.
In his goodwill message, the representative of the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Head of the Conflict and Security Programme (Nigeria and Lake Chad Basin), Mr. Annup Vyas said that the United Kingdom is committed to Nigeria’s Police reforms and ready to do more in the spirit of partnership adding that they are interested in the plan for the future, how to adapt and identify new opportunities that will help the need of Nigeria system.
In his contribution, the Chairman, of the Police Service Commission, Dr. Solomon E. Arase expressed that the Nigeria Police Force is fundamental to the Ministry, as to the Commission adding that the principal mandate of both organizations is to ensure the smooth functioning and effectiveness of the Nigeria Police Force.
In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Police Affairs, Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo stated that the retreat is targeted at improving efficiency and enhancing performances of the service, in the face of the current global dynamics.
In his words, “I would like to encourage every participant at this retreat to be resilient in service delivery. We must never tire of improving ourselves and our performance; we must never be shy of telling ourselves the truth”.