Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Police Reform Committee

President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua has expressed regrets that the police as an institution, has not kept pace with society's rapid transformation hence has promised that his administration is ready to reform and reposition it to make it fully functional and able to meet its constitutional mandate of effective maintenance of law and order.

But can the 17-member Presidential Committee on the Reform of the Nigeria Police Force, inaugurated at the Presidential Villa, yesterday deliver?

"The Nigeria society has undergone fundamental transformation in several respects over nearly half a century of nationhood. Regrettably, the Nigeria Police as an institution, has not kept pace with this rapid transformation. The obvious result has been a Force that is neither prepared nor equipped to cope with the challenges of policing a modern, increasingly urban society like ours, in today’s technology-and knowledge-driven world".

Isn't it clear what the problems are? Do we need a committee of men and women with retired brain that know next to nothing about modern trend in security operations to spend the next three months to tell us?

The Chairman of the Committee, Mohammed Dikko Yusuf (rtd) described the assignment as a difficult one not for the committee but for the federal government. “We hope the federal government will be able to implement the recommendation because within the past eight to nine years, several attempts have been made to reform the police but the Federal Government always chicken out. We hope when it comes to implementation this time it will be different”.

It was Oby Ezekwesili as Education Minister that said that Nigeria is an over workshopped and over reform committee society. Never body doubts this? Drop your comment

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