Group welcomes Police Act Amendment Bill

Group welcomes Police Act Amendment Bill

The National Democratic Front has commended the House of Representatives for considering the bill for an act to amend the Nigeria Police Act 2020.

In a statement issued by its Secretary General, Dr Abdulkadir Musa, the group said the bill was a significant milestone in the quest for a people-friendly policing system in the country.

DAILY POST recalls that the Police Act Amendment Bill recently passed a second reading on the floor of the green chamber.

The bill, among other things, seeks to review the service years of police officers to improve the experience and expertise of the police workforce.

The bill also seeks to reduce the cost of training and recruiting new officers and address the shortage of experienced police personnel.

In the statement, Musa noted that the legislation will not only improve the effectiveness of the Nigerian Police Force, NPF, but will also lead to enhanced overall performance of personnel.

Part of the statement reads: “This amendment bill, which seeks to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Nigerian Police Force, is a significant milestone in the quest for a more robust, responsive, and people-friendly policing system in Nigeria.

“The bill’s provisions, which include the extension of police officers’ retirement age and service years, will undoubtedly lead to improved morale, retention of experienced personnel, and enhanced overall performance of the Force.

“We commend the Speaker (Tajudeen Abbas) and Yalleman for their demonstrated commitment to security sector reform and their responsiveness to the yearnings of Nigerians for a more effective and accountable police force.

“This is a testament to their dedication to entrenching a culture of excellence, professionalism, and service delivery in our security agencies.”

The pro-good governance group urged the Senate to concur with the House of Representatives. It also called on President Bola Tinubu to assent to the bill without delay.