Abuja – The House of Representatives on Wednesday, urged the Federal Government to renovate/build modern barracks in order to improve the living condition of police personnel across the country.
This followed a motion sponsored by Rep. Hassan Saleh (Benue-PDP), and unanimously adopted by members through a voice vote.
The House urged the Federal Ministry of Interior and the Inspector General of Police to design modalities for partnering with well-meaning investors to renovate existing barracks and build new ones with maintenance obligations.
The Committee on Police Affairs was also mandated by the House to monitor the development and report back to the House quarterly for further legislative action.
Moving the motion, Saleh said the renovation and reconstruction of barracks would avail men of the force good mental disposition to carry out their responsibilities.
Saleh expressed concern over the deplorable state of police barracks across the country and the persistent calls for their renovation.
He explained that the barracks were built to provide cheaper, safer and reasonable, comfortable accommodation for the police to ensure discipline and imbibing the code of conduct.
He held that the barracks were built many years ago but without continuous renovation, improvement or repairs, yet the occupants are charged with the nation’s security.
The lawmaker said that there was urgent need for the renovation in order to also prevent an attitudinal turn-off to many competent Nigerians who would have wanted to be recruited into the police. (NAN)