A member of House of Representatives, Rep. Yusuf Gagdi, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Nigeria Police Bill 2020, into law.
Sponsor of the Nigeria Police Bill 2020 in the House of Representatives, Rep. Yusuf Gagdi, the member representing Kanam/Pankshin/ Kanke Federal Constituency, Plateau State while lauding Mr President’s action, said the Act “will no doubt promote intense security in states across the federation”.
Rep. Gagdi said, ” I want to commend Mr president for this giant stride as this is coming at a time when the country is facing serious security challenges”.
”this for me is a step in the right direction that will address the challenges of structuring, appointments, promotions, discipline, postings, living conditions, pension and retirement benefits of the Nigeria Police Force as identified in the Principal Act”.
Yusuf Gagdi also stated that the Bill was necessitated by “the alarming spate of insecurity and criminality in the country whose negative effects on the economy and socio-political development of Nigeria is well documented”.
“The Act repeals the Police Act Cap. P19. Laws of the Federation, 2004, and provides for a more effective and well-organized Police Force, driven by the principles of transparency and accountability in its operations and management of its resources”
Hon. Yusuf Gagdi noting that the bill seeks to provide a framework for the Nigeria Police Service; ensure cooperation and partnership between the Police and communities in maintaining peace and combatting insecurity in Nigeria.
Speaking further, he had noted that the 2019 edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI), placed Nigeria among the five least where according to the report Nigeria ranked 148th among 163 Independent for the second year in the row, having attained the same unenviable position in 2018.
“Establishing Community Police Forums and Boards by CPs of each State, and Prohibiting gender discrimination in the Nigerian Police Force” Recall that the 8th Assembly had in an attempt to pass the bill which was unsuccessful following controversies surrounding the provisions on appointment, tenure, and dismissal of the IGP.
“Among others, the act also establishes an appropriate funding framework for the Police in line with what is obtainable in other Federal Government key institutions, enhances professionalism in the Force through increased training opportunities, and creates enduring cooperation and partnership between the Police Force and communities in maintaining peace and combating crimes nationwide.