The next big bang for Npower volunteers just arrived as President Muhamadu Buhari inaugurates the national security strategy, which sets a road map for restoring security in Nigeria.
On Monday, this week, President Buhari approved the recruitment of 400,000 police officers ahead of full community policing implementation.
President @MBuhari Approves Fresh Recruitment Of 400,000 Police Officers Ahead Of Full Community Policing Implementation:— Ajuri Ngelale (@AjuriNgelale) December 1, 2019
“The Police Affairs Ministry is overseeing the Community Policing Policy, the Public Security Trust Fund, and Recruitment of 400,000 officers nationwide.” 🇳🇬 pic.twitter.com/Jvt5G4uqGi
Already, a transition survey had been conducted for all batch A NPower volunteers in preparation for a smooth transition into a more productive venture. Among the themes of that survey was community policing, which falls among one of the exit packages for batch A volunteers.
Since the past decade or more, Nigeria has witnessed an unprecedented security challenges occasioned by the activities of militants in the south south region, kidnappers in the south east, violent armed robbery in almost parts of the country, political assassination, ritual killings and the devastating activities of Boko Haram in some parts of northern region especially north east Nigeria. These social menace, when put together impinge on the security of lives and properties of both Nigerian citizens and foreigners living or even trying to invest in the country.
In a bid to restore security and boost investor confidence in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned the 2019 National Security Strategy to tackle security challenges in the country.
Commissioning the strategy document, Buhari said its main objective is the “achievement of a safer and more secured nation.”
The community policing idea was fully birthed August this year when the National Economic Council (NEC) says plans are underway to engage NPower volunteers and National Youth Service Corps members in community policing.
According to the statement, the governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, presented an update on the NEC ad-hoc committee set up on security and policing.
Mr Fayemi said the Inspector General of Police (IGP) has initiated the commencement of community policing.
”The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has initiated the commencement of community policing and there is a plan to consider using NPower volunteers and youth corpers as police officers in their local government areas,”
The full implementation of this policy will soon commence, as volunteers have since clamoured for a smooth exit into a more befitting venture. This policy will greatly strenghten the security of lives and properties, reduce unemployment, boost investor confidence and will usher in the new Nigeria of our dreams.