- Former IGP Musiliu Smith has promised to give Nigerians better police force they would be proud of
- President Muhammadu Buhari had on May, 24, appointed Smith to replace Mike Okiro as the chairman of PSC
- Smith said that his team would immediately hit the ground running as there was no time to waste
The new board of the Police Service Commission (PSC) has formally assumed duties with a promise to reposition the Nigeria Police Force for optimum efficiency and effectiveness.
The Punch reports that the new chairman of the commission, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector-General of Police, said the board would give Nigerians a police force they would be proud of, adding that his team would immediately hit the ground running as there was no time to waste.
“We are starting work immediately and we will work many hours every day for us to effectively discharge our constitutional mandate,” Smith said at a reception held to honour him and members of the commission in Abuja.
NAIJ.com gathered that in a statement in Abuja on Friday, July 27, by the commission spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, the new PSC boss noted that his team would work to build capacities in the commission.
“We will give our country men and women a police force they will all be proud of; the current state of the Nigeria Police Force has continued to agitate the members of the board; we have continued to discuss the current state of the Nigeria Police and the state of Nigerian security,” the former IG stated.
He assured that the commission would place high premium on the recruitment of quality personnel for the force and also expose the officers to structured and quality training.
He promised to work closely with the ministry of interior and Nigeria Police Force to ensure that “we have in place a police force that is effective, efficient and humane and can also stand international scrutiny.”
The chairman made a case for modern equipment for the police, stressing that modern policing called for modern gadgets.
He also promised to engage the government for proper funding of the force.
The board which, received briefings from the permanent secretary/ secretary to the commission, Musa Istifanus, also visited the PSC corporate office headquarters under construction in Jabi, Abuja.
Smith was accompanied on the visit by other board members, including a retired justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Clara Ogunbiyi, a retired AIG, Alhaji Bawa Lawal; and a former senator and activist, Naja’tu Muhammad.
Others are a former general manager, African Independent Television, Austin Braimoh; a development expert, Rommy Mom; and a lawyer and management consultant, Dr. Nkemka Jombo – Ofo.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that former Inspector-General of Police Musiliu Smith was appointed as the chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC) by President Muhammadu Buhari.
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