President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his administration’s commitment to improving the welfare of officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force, he says this is necessary for effective policing by the force.
President Buhari stated this in Abuja, as he received the 2021 audited report and 2023 budget proposal of the Police Service Commission (PSC).
According to him, the Federal government has made the welfare of police officers and men a priority and police reforms a sacred duty.
He also assured the Acting Chairman that their requests would be considered, but pointed out that the dwindling resources arising from fall in crude oil price and local production has posed a major challenge which the present administration had to contend with.
The, Acting Chairman of the Commission, Hon. Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, JSC (Rtd), expressed her delight at performing the statutory function of presenting the report, in accordance with Section 17 of the Police Service Commission (Establishment) Act 2001.
She said that upon inauguration, the present Management made it a point of duty to keep the President abreast of happenings in the Commission.
Hon. Justice Ogunbiyi also commended the administration of President Buhari for always upholding the rule of law, noting that as members of the Management Team of the Commission, they have no other alternative than to guard this mandate jealously as expressed by the framers of the Constitution.
Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi a retired Justice of the Supreme Court replaced the former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Musiliu Smith as the Chairman of the commission earlier in the year following his resignation on health grounds,
Her emergence as the Acting Chairman of the Commission is seen by many as a new beginning for the commission following the Labour related upheavals that was pronounced during the tenure of the former Chairman Alhaji Musiliu Smith.