THE NIGERIA POLICE FORCE REFORM PROGRAMMES:
In line with Mr. President’s Transformation Agenda, which is in its third year of implementation, the Ministry of Police Affairs has embarked on the transformation of the Nigeria Police Force through the implementation of a Six-year Police Reform Programme (2010 – 2015) under the able leadership of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Police Reform Programme implementated various number of programmes and projects designed to transform the Nigeria Police into an efficient, people friendly service with the overall aim of protecting the lives and property of the Nigeria citizens and other people living in Nigeria. Some of the implemented programmes are as follows:
- Training and Capacity Building
- Upgrade of the Nigeria Police Force Academy, Wudil, Kano to a Degree Awarding Institution.
- Modernization of the Police Staff College, Jos
- Deployment of Safe City Surveillance Cameras in Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Yenagoa.
- Deployment of National Public Security Communications System Project.
- Strengthening of the Air Wing Section.
- Delivery of Operational Vehicles.
- Other Operational Equipment.
PROJECTS AND PROGRAMMES EXECUTED 2011-2013
Training and Capacity Building for Personnel of the Nigeria Police Force
- In a bid to improve the performance of the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, the Reform Programme being superintended by the Ministry of Police Affairs has place a premium on the capacity building and training of personnel of the Nigeria Police Force.
- Accordingly from 2011 – 2013, the Ministry and the Nigeria Police Force trained about 15,342 personnel in various professional and administrative courses including counter-terrorism and advance intelligence training, amongst others.
Officers and Men of the Nigeria Police Force in Various Couter-Terrorism Tactical Trainings
Upgrade of the Nigeria Police Force Academy, Wudil, Kano to a Degree Awarding Institution:
- The Government White Paper on the recommendation of the Presidential Committee on the Reform of the Nigeria Police Force accepted for implementation, the modernization and Upgrade of the Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil, Kano to a degree awarding Institution. In actualizing the approval, the following were accomplished from 2011 to 2013.
- Approval of the National Universities Commission (NUC) was obtained recognizing the POLAC as a Degree Awarding Institution on the 3rd April, 2012.
- The admission of pioneer Cadet of the Academy was concluded and academic activities commenced on 22nd September, 2013 with total intakes of 670 cadets.
A Batch of the Pioneer Degree Cadet Candidates in Aptitude Test
- In line with its current status as a Degree Awarding Institution, the implementation of a robust modernization which commenced in 2010 is still being aggressively pursued to ensure the take off of the Academy. Accordingly, from 2011 to 2013 contracts for the construction of new projects and supplies as well as contracts for various rehabilitation works at the College at the cost of N11, 960,228,416.21 were awarded.
- Some of the completed projects and their photographs are as follows:
- Construction of a Senate Building
- Construction of 2Nos. Hostel;
- Construction of 3.36km Asphalt Road Network with side Drainages, Wudil, Kano
- Construction of 3Nos. Transit Suits, 3Nos. Construction of a Lecture Theatre;
- Construction of 2Nos. 3-Bedroom Bungalow for Senior Lectures’ Quarter –D and E;
- Provision of Solar Street Lights.
- Supply and Installation of 2Nos. 500 KVA Generators.
- Rehabilitation of 52 existing structures comprising hostels, residential;
- Supply of teaching equipment.
- Procurement of Tractor Mounted Mower with Accessories.
Completed Senate Building, POLAC ready for Commissioning.
The Honourable Minister of Police Affairs, Inspector-General of Police
and other Officials at a Completed Hostel Site in POLAC.
A 500 KVA Electricity Generator Installed,
Commissioned and Deployed
A SECTION OF THE ROAD NETWORK CONSTRUCTED AT POLAC
Modernization of Police Staff College, Jos.
- The Police Staff College was established on 4th October, 1976 as an educational centre to provide specialized and advanced training including staff duties for officers and men of the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police to Deputy Commissioner of Police.
- With the growth in the manpower strength of the Nigeria Police Force, the utilization of facilities at the College became overstretched. While the installed student capacity of the College is 900 at full capacity, there are currently about 1,300 students on regular basis. The overpopulation led to the rapid deterioration of the infrastructural facilities of the college and the deplorable teaching and learning conditions for Students. Furthermore, the dwindling financial fortunes of the Nigeria Police Force over the years made it impossible to cope with the needed expansion and routine maintenance requirements of the college. This greatly diminished the capacity of the College to address its mandate of imparting required skills and knowledge to Senior Officers of the Nigeria Police Force.
- To address the inadequacies in the college, a total of 10 contracts at the cost of N1, 847,901,890.38 were awarded to facilitate expansion of facilities at the College most of which have achieved over 70% completion level. Furthermore, 35 contracts at the cost of N1, 144,214,550.45 were awarded for the upgrade and rehabilitation of existing structures out of which the 12Nos. completed projects have been fully completed. Some of the specific mentioned above are listed as follows:
(ii) Construction of 1No. Students’ Hostel Block.
(iii) Construction of Senior Officers Trainee Hostel Block.
(iv) Water Supply and Reticulation at Police Staff Quarters.
(v) Construction of Senior Officers Trainee Hostel.
(vi) Construction of 1No. Students’ Hostel Block.
(vii) Construction of 1No. Students’ Hostel Block.
(viii) Construction of Senior Officers Trainee Hostel Block.
(ix) Water Supply and Reticulation
(ix) Construction of Senior Officers Trainee Hostel.
(x) Rehabilitation of Admin Block.
(xi) Rehabilitation of Kitchen/Dining (Junior Officers Mess).
(xii) Rehabilitation of Clinic/Ward.
(xiii) Rehabilitation of Deputy Commandants House, Gate House & BQ and Deputy Commandants’ Guest House & BQ.
(xiv) Rehabilitation of 3-Storey Building Block J201 – J206 & 3-Storey Building BQ.
(xv) Rehabilitation of Senior Quarters Clock L1 to L5 BQ.
(xvi) Rehabilitation of Senior Staff Quarters Block L10 & L11.
- Photographs of some of the completed projects are shown below:
Deployment of Safe City Surveillance Cameras in Abuja, Lagos, Port –Harcourt and Yenagoa.
- As part of efforts to achieve a safer city, a total of 120 Close Circuit Surveillance Cameras were installed and deployed in Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Yenagoa to ensure 24/7 surveillance of these cities. The contracts were completed and were deployed into operations in 2011. Photographs showing some of the Cameras in Port Harcourt and Yenagoa as well as the Control Rooms are shown below:
Deployment of National Public Security Communications System Project:
- The project emanated from a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) executed between Messrs ZTE Corporation of China and the FGN during a state visit to the Peoples’ Republic of China (PRC) by the late President, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in March 2008.
- The National Public Security Communications System is an integrated digital trunking communication system designed to provide a robust, reliable, secure and independent multimedia communications system (voice, video and data) for the Police and other security agencies employing CDMA technology Rev. B.
- The project was approved for implementation at the cost of US$470,000,000.00 counterpart funded by the FGN at 15% with the 85% balance provided through a Preferential Buyer Credit by the China Export-Import Bank (EXIM) at annual interest rate of 2.5% with a loan period of 20 years inclusive of 10 years moratorium.
- The NPSCS is comprised of five main components/subsystems as follows:
- The GoTA which operates through 2Nos. Main Switch Centres (MSC) with one each in Abuja and Lagos, 12Nos. Base Station Controllers (BSCs) and 675 Base Transmitting Station (BTS) sites that is providing the Internet Protocol (IP) Cloud for the various applications to which the project can be applied. The GoTA supports the deployment of 1,500,000 subscriber lines.
- The E-policing Subsystem facilitates the deployment of E-policing databases;
- Video Conferencing Subsystem provides for video conferencing by all Commands of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) with the Force Headquarters (FHQ) and among themselves.
- Coalition Emergency Response Subsystem will empower emergency response and provide a national platform for emergency calls by citizens to the Nigeria Police nationwide. Under this subsystem, six (6) mobile emergency communication vehicles will also be deployed.
- Video Surveillance Subsystem under which 2,000 CCTV Cameras are installed in Abuja and Lagos is the easily noticed component. The application of solar solutions in this subsystem was informed by the electricity power challenges in the country and the need to ensure sustained operations of the Cameras wherever installed.
- Pictorial accounts of the implementation of the Project are shown below:
A Typical CCTV Camera and Solar Panels Installed under the NPSCS
Strengthening of the Air Wing Section:
- The Air Wing section of the Nigeria Police Force has been strengthened through the construction of a Hangar at the Domestic Wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja in 2011. The completion of the hangar has enabled the Nigeria Police Force undertake routine maintenance of the aircrafts in its fleet as well as provide support to sister agencies.
- Furthermore, the number of Helicopters in the fleet of the Nigeria Police Force was increased through the delivery of a Bell 429 by the Ministry while the Central Bank of Nigeria funded the delivery of 4Nos. Bell 412 EP Helicopters. Photographs of the Hangar and some of the Helicopters are as below:
The Hangar of the Nigeria Police Force
at the at the Domestic Wing of Nnamdi Azikwe
International Airport, Abuja
The Bell 429 Helicopter of the Nigeria
Police Force and NEMA Helicopter 412
in the Hangar of the Nigeria Police Force
Delivery of Operational Vehicles:
- In order to strengthen the ground operational capability of the Nigeria Police Force, the following Vehicles were procured and delivered to the Nigeria Police Force between 2011 – 2013:
(i) 50Nos. Armoured Patrol Van on Ford Chassis
(ii) 28Nos. APVs on Toyota Hilux Double Cabin
(iii) 13Nos. Springbuck Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs)
(iv) 36Nos. Steyr Punch Vistar 690 Troop Carriers with Installed Siren and Communication Equipment for Nigeria Police Force.
(v) 50Nos. Spartans/SWAP/Cougar/Armoured Personnel Carriers.
(vi) 4Nos. Amphibious Armoured personnel carriers delivered in 2013
(vii) 100Nos. Ford Ranger Pick Up Vans.
- Photographs of some of the operational vehicles delivered to the Nigeria Police Force are as follows:
One of the 400Nos. Double Cabin Toyota Patrol Van
50Nos. Spartan/Cougar Armoured Patrol Vans
Delivered to the Nigeria Police Force in 2011
One of the Four Amphibious Armoured Personnel
Carriers delivered to the Nigeria Police Force in 2012
Some of the 13Nos. Spring Buck IV Armoured Patrol Vans Delivered to the Nigeria Police Force
Other Operational Equipment:
- In addressing other operational challenges of the Nigeria Police Force, the following equipment were also procured, delivered and deployed into operations by the Nigeria Police Force from 2011 – 2013 includes the following:
(i) GSM Tracking & Interception System and Construction of Command and Control Centre.
(ii) 2,600 Units of Bullet Proof Vest Level IIIA with Ballistic Ceramic Plate Level IV.
(iii) 900 pieces of Pump Action Short Guns, 2,000 Units Riot Guns, 50,000 units Hand Grenade, 46,500 pieces Long Range Shells and 20,000 pieces of Short Range Shells.
(iv) 10,960 pieces of Bullet Proof Vest Level IIIA with Ballistic Ceramic Plate Level IV.
(v) 6,300 Units of Upgraded AK – 47 Rifle.
(vi) Assorted Items of Clothing and Accoutrements for the Nigeria Police Force.
(vii) 70,000 assorted Motorola Handheld Radios and Accessories.
Motorola DP3601 Motorola Handheld Digital Radio communication Equipment and Accessories delivered to the Nigeria Police Force
Bullet Proof Vests Delivered to Nigeria Police Force
The National Policy on Public Safety and Security:
- In cognizance of the perceived gap in the administration of matters pertaining to the safety and security of the citizenry, the Ministry in 2012 commenced the process to evolve a national policy on Public Safety and Security. When developed, the Policy Document will, among others, achieve the following:
- Provide roles (and action-guidelines) for security agencies, corporate entities, communities and individuals with regard to public safety and security;
- Assign roles and responsibilities to both formal and informal stakeholders in matters pertaining to public safety and internal security;
- Ensure appropriately streamlined engagement and rules of engagement of security agencies in public safety issues;
- Recommend efficient resource mobilization, utilization, and synchronization in matters relating to public safety and internal security; and
- Suggest a roadmap for security agencies and other stakeholders towards the attainment of optimum public safety and internal security in the country.
- In evolving the policy document, a committee comprising eminent scholars, bureaucrats and security personnel was constituted. The Committee undertook working visits to critical stakeholders involved in safety and security matters such as the NSA, SSS, NPF, NDLEA, NAPTIP, Federal Fire Service, NEMA, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Prisons Service and host of others. Further to above, the Committee also held a National Forum in Abuja in October, 2013 and was followed with six Zonal For a in each of the six geo-political zones.
The Committee on the development of National Policy on Public Safety and Security at Working Visits to the Nigeria Customs Service and the Federal Fire Service
- The period under review (2011 – 2013) clearly coincided with the heightened spate of terrorism in Nigeria unleashed by the dreaded Boko Haram Insurgent group. Without the marching approval for the implementation of the Nigeria Police Reform Program which has, even in the interim, adequately provided adequate capacity building, infrastructure development and equipment and logistics supply, the Nigeria Police could easily have been overwhelmed with the attendant consequences to the peace and security of citizens.
- Accordingly, the Ministry of Police Affairs is grateful to the President for his Transformation Agenda which focuses on achievement of key issues that touch the lives of Nigeria Citizens directly. The Ministry remains committed under the able leadership of the Honourable Minister, Hon. Abdul Jelili Adesiyan to support the Nigeria Police in its onerous duty of protecting lives and property of all.