The Federal Government has said that it is poised to restructure and refurbish police training institutions across the country.
The minister of police affairs, Caleb Olubolade, who was speaking after a meeting with the police management team, disclosed that the meeting was to discuss the operational and training needs of the Nigerian police force. According to him the federal government will address these issues so as to reposition the Nigerian police force for effectiveness.
Mr Olubolade was on Monday summoned by President Goodluck Jonathan to answer questions on the rot at the Police Training College, Ikeja, Lagos, which was brought to the public’s attention after a documentary trailer on the college was aired last week. The documentary had forced Mr. Jonathan to pay an unscheduled visit to the college last Friday, the first of such visits by a sitting president to the 73-year-old college.
The House of Representatives had blamed the decay of facilities at the police training college on long periods of neglect and poor funding of the institution. It also proposed a bill seeking to employ public private partnerships for funding not only the Ikeja College, but other police academies in the country.
There are 10 training police institutions in Nigeria, including Police College, Ikeja; Police College, Oji River, Enugu State; Police College, Kaduna, Kaduna State; Police Academy, Wudil, Kano State; Police Training Staff College, Jos, Plateau State; Police Mobile Force Training School, Ila-Orangun, Osun State; and Police Mobile Training School, Gwoza, Borno State.
Others are Police Detective College, Enugu State, College of Computer Studies, Abeokuta, Ogun State and other training schools in Lagos, Edo and Cross River States, among other states across the country.