The Federal Government has been urged to improve the welfare of the members of the Police Force in a bid to stem the spread of corruption in the force.
The plea was made in Lagos by the publishers of the Lifestyle magazine, Genesis International during a briefing at which the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, was named the Genesis magazine’s “Man of the year for 2015”.
If the fight against corruption is to be won, Genesis Director, Mr. Akin Akinola, said government should do more to improve the welfare of the force by empowering its members.
“To fight corruption, empower the police. When we have a police force that you cannot bribe, we would have a new and improved society. And that can only happen if the welfare of the police is improved. Arase has reinstated in the force and its members a sense of worth and sense of mission. In a short space of time in office,” he said.
While urging other members of the force to emulate the IGP’s dedication to duty, the publisher, Dr. Yomi Agababiaka, observed that the choice of Arase as its “Man of the year for 2015” was inspired by his efforts towards the rebranding of the force.
He said: “Arase has in such a short period of time in office transformed the lot of the average Nigerian Policeman/woman through various welfare packages that includes housing for the rank and file, gradual retraining of the men of the police force, securing funds for the construction of over 6000 housing units for the officers of the Nigeria Police, a very disciplined and unbiased monitoring of the 2015 elections where the police refused to interfere in the conduct of the elections but provided security for lives and property without bias, and several other steps.”
Also, First Bank Plc Director/CEO, Mr. Bisi Onasanya, is the magazine’s “CEO of the Year for 2015”. Agbabiaka said a ceremony celebrating both nominees would hold before the year ends.
Source: The Nation Nigeria