Housing & DevelopmentPolicePolice Officers in Barracks Lack Befitting Accommodation — IGP


ABUJA — The inspector-general of police (IGP), Usman Baba has said the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) is facing a gross housing deficit.

According to him, less than 10 percent of its personnel in barracks have proper accommodation.

Baba said this on Thursday at the quarter four 2021 public-private partnership units consultative (3PUCF) meeting organised by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) in Abuja.

Represented by Zanna Ibrahim, deputy inspector-general (DIG), logistics and supply, the IGP said a good living condition is important for optimal service delivery.

He noted that housing is considered a fundamental physiological human need and the foundation on which to develop higher human motivation.

“It will surprise you to know that with a workforce of over 350,000 in staff strength, the NPF has less than 10 percent of its personnel quartered in befitting barracks accommodation.

“The state of disrepair and integrity failure in our barracks need no emphasis and we are really in dire need of befitting accommodation to enable us tackle the art and act of policing the nation optimally.

“Suffice to add that there is an ongoing initiative to recruit 10,000 constables for the next six years annually, thereby increasing the housing needs for police officers,” he said.

Beloved John (Staff Writer)

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