The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has stressed and throws his weight behind Community Policing as a better option to tackle internal security.
Mustapha made this known while inaugurating the Inter- Agency Committee on Strengthening Internal Security Framework and Community Policing in Nigeria, in his Office.
The SGF stated this against the backdrop of sundry calls at different fora in favour of state police. He said the need for setting up a committee which will strengthen the internal security apparatus and community policing, was necessitated by the report submitted to the Government for consideration on account of the task given to the Senior Executive Course 40, 2018 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru by President Muhammadu Buhari, on the rising insecurity in the country. The theme of the study was “Strengthening Policing in Nigeria: Policing Options and Strategies”.
According to the SGF, the scope of the study centered on ways of invigorating the internal security system and it covered the period from 199-2018. He said the report identified some factors militating against a comprehensive internal security framework and community policing in Nigeria, more importantly when compared with other countries.
He equally noted that some of the problems enunciated by the report include: poor policy linkages, multiplicity and poor implementation of policies, centralized control of the Nigeria Police Force, weak Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanisms. Others are, poor application of technology and innovation, absence of integrated database to aid internal security management, poor budgetary allocation to the security sector as well as lack of confidence and trust in the country’s security agencies by the Nigerian public.”
Mustapha said: ‘’having considered the size of the report and the array of the recommendation contained in it, it became imperative to study the report in order to properly advise Government on the forward with effective implementation strategies.”
He therefore inaugurated a 15-man committee with a charge to complete its assignment and submit it within eight weeks. The committee is given the following terms of reference among other things to study and analyse the findings, recommendations and implementation strategies of the Presidential Parley Report by the Senior Executive Course 40, 2018 of the and come up with Policy statement for the consideration of Mr. President.
In his remark, the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abdullahi Adamu, stated that the setting up of the committee is timely and commendable more especially when the committee is charged with the responsibilities of how to proffer solutions to internal security. He added that since the work of the committee is locally-driven, it should make use of the local populace because they are familiar with their locality.
Responding on behalf of the Committee, the Chairperson and Permanent Secretary, Special Services Office, OSGF, Dr. (Mrs) Amina M.B. Shamaki, expressed her profound appreciation to the Secretary of the Government of the Federation to serve on the committee. She assured the Government that the committee will ultimately come up with pragmatic strategies to strengthen internal security framework and the implementation of community policing in the country.