By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Residents of Kwara state will soon heave a sigh of relief over insecurity as the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alikali Baba on Tuesday commissioned an ultra modern police station newly built in the town to tackle rising cases of in the state.
The police station which is well furnished and which also have a modern barrack for personnel is located at Madi, an area that linked a part of the heartland of Ilorin to Oko-Olowo, a fringe of the town, which is an area kidnapping cases are recorded in the recent time.
The police boss, while speaking with journalists after commissioning the project, said that the new police station was built to bring policing closer to the people and expressed hope that the personnel that would be working there would be motivated to be dedicated to their duties.
He said: “The Police would work under a conducive environment in terms of office environment, decent accommodation and that would enable them provide more services. They would be here 24/7. Very close to the office is the house and vice versa. We expect there would be more dedication and more motivation. We expect that service delivery would be enhanced.”
Baba said that the structure would be replicated in many states of the federation as he explained that the federal government would want to have the type of the station in all parts of the country as a model.
IGP who said that the new model police station belonged to members of the public explained that the Police station is meant to serve humanity and provide security in the area and called on stakeholders to support improvement of the station.
In his address, the Kwara state commissioner of Police, Paul Odama, commended the IGP in the area of promotion, welfare, provision of logistics, discipline, team work, e-policing and digitalization of policing in the country, just as he called for construction of more Police stations in the state.
“The construction of the New Model Police Stations across 36 states of the Federation including the federal capital territory (FCT) is one of the typical examples of the innovation the IGP has brought to bear on the Nigeria Police, in-spite of inadequate funding of the Police due to the economic downturn in the country”, he said.
Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, at the event, said the state would benefit a lot from the Police station, adding that more allocation would be made available for all security agencies in the next budget of the state.
He commended the Inspector General of Police and the Police in the state and other security agencies on efforts at securing the state.