Nigeria needs well trained and equipped Police – Ganduje

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From Ibrahim Ismail, Kano
Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje has stressed the need for a
vibrant, trained and equipped Police in the country to guarantee
security and peace for accelerated national development.
The governor, who stated this during the Governors’
Forum session at the Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar
Association (NBA) in Lagos said states like Kano were already funding
and equipping the Police, which he said lacked capacity and adequate
personnel to provide the required security across the country.
Governor Ganduje explained that states like Kano were already funding
and equipping the Police, which he said lacked capacity and adequate
personnel to provide the required security across the country.
Ganduje said most states pay police officers allowances, besides
providing them with other logistic support, explaining devolution of
powers at the center, would mean increasing states’ capacity to fund
their police.
“We are still equipping the police, even paying their allowances in
some cases. The budget that is supposed to be given to the police
should be given to the states,” he said.
On what it takes to build strong institutions, the governor maintained
that it required a strong template for recruitment, capacity
development through training and setting clear-cut goals.
According to him, “You don’t need strong men; you need strong
institutions. Strong institutions are indispensable to socio-economic
development. Strong institutions surpass those who created them. Our
institutions need to have clear-cut goals and objectives. There must
be free flow of information, transparency and accountability.
“There must be a template for reward and punishment. The institutions
must be insulated from political interference,” the Kano State
governor asserted.
Meanwhile, at a showcase session on investment opportunities in Kano,
which is part of the conference, Governor Ganduje expressed readiness
of his administration to grant land and tax incentives to local and
foreign investors, wishing to come to the state.
According to the governor, “We have decided to make land acquisition
very easy and speedy. A lot of red-tapism and bureaucracies and we
decided to replace that ministry with the Bureau for Land
Management’’.
“Kano State presently enjoys very peaceful atmosphere that would
encourage any serious local and foreign investor to come to the state
and derive the benefits of the efforts made so far by the government
in the area of security” he added

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