911 emergency number, will be functional in 3 weeks – Arase

By Ayoola Mudasiru June 1, 2015 17:56

911 emergency number, will be functional in 3 weeks – Arase

Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, on Monday complained of an inadequacy with regards to manpower in the Nigerian Police to effectively oversee Nigeria’s security space.

    “I have always said it; we don’t have sufficient policemen to police the security space. It becomes outrageous when one man has so many police men around them. If you don’t deserve to have one, why do you have many policemen around?” he asked.

Arase, who was a guest on Channels Television’s “Views from the Top”, also used the opportunity to speak on major issues affecting the police.

He explained that though many Nigerians were quick to point out that the Nigerian Police was receiving huge budgetary allocations, it went into salaries and overhead costs, thus leaving insufficient funds for equipping the Police.

    “It is very easy for you to say that an amount of money was allocated to a ministry or department, if you read between the lines, you would understand that most of them are for salaries and overheads. There is always a disconnect between budgetary allocations and what is actually available for projects.

    “On equipping the police, the economic downturn that is outside is something I cannot speak about. I can only articulate the needs of the police but I don’t have the resources directly.

    “We have other departments that oversight the police, the Ministry of Police Affairs, the Senate Committee; the Police Service Commission is for recruitment and discipline.

    “Operationally, it’s outside the way, but the ones that impinge directly on the operational capacity of the police is the ministry, because they are the ones who keep our money as oversight function,” Arase said.

Arase also promised Nigerians that the Nigerian Police were finalizing the creation of a universal hotline.

    “We are already talking to the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC. We are working on it. In the next two to three weeks, we will get it,” he said.

The IGP explained that he intends to revolutionize the Police by attracting the best brains to the service.

    “The most important thing is capacity building, which is one area we have to deal with. We must be able to attract the best brains into the Nigerian police. Once we are able to attract the right people, the police will be revolutionized,” he said.

Reports emerged on Sunday that the newly inaugurated President Muhammadu Buhari will most likely not retire the Inspector General.