Usman Baba, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), has expressed his dissatisfaction with the absence of adequate housing for over 90% of police officers stationed in barracks.
The IGP, who was represented by Zanna Ibrahim, deputy inspector-general (DIG), logistics and supply, stated that the police force is in desperate need of befitting accommodation to enable them tackle the art and act of policing the nation optimally in his speech at the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission’s (ICRC) quarter four 2021 public private partnership units consultative (3PUCF) meeting in Abuja on Thursday December 2.
“It will surprise you to know that with a workforce of over 350,000 in staff strength, the NPF has less than 10 percent of its personnel quartered in befitting barracks accommodation.
“The state of disrepair and integrity failure in our barracks need no emphasis and we are really in dire need of befitting accommodation to enable us tackle the art and act of policing the nation optimally.
“Suffice to add that there is an ongoing initiative to recruit 10,000 constables for the next six years annually, thereby increasing the housing needs for police officers.”