IGP vows to reform Nigeria Police Force

Tochukwu Ifejika Awka

IGP Mohammed Adamu Abubakar

The IGP Mohammed Adamu Abubakar declared his intentions to leave a reformed and formidable force that is community oriented to Nigerians.

Mr Frank Mba (DCP) police force PRO said that the IGP, Mohammed Adamu Abuubakar, desires to bequeath to Nigerians a Police Force that is efficient, effective, people friendly and community oriented

In an interview with News men after the closing ceremony of a 4 day capacity building workshop for PPROs at Golden Tulip Hotels, Agulu in Anaocha  Local Government Area of Anambra State, Frank
said that policing was a very dynamic profession, which draws from the dynamic nature of the society itself.

Mba said that the police spokes persons as the image makers, are gate way for communication and information management within the force and very important stakeholders in the implementation of the national program on community policing.

Spokespersons Training
“The police PROs are the vanguard of the community policing program, so they are here to be prepared and  equipped  with modern tools for discharging this core mandate  of theirs and achieving the overall objectives of the Nigerian police force.

They are here to learn, unlearn and relearn so that they can be better in what they do and serve the nation and the people better,” he said.

Mba said that the force would embark on regular training and re-retraining of the police spokes persons because the world has become fast changing in crime mapping and the need to step up.

“The police spoke persons need to be constantly trained and retrained to be in top shape to do their job considering the fast changes in crime mapping with the era of new media technologies. The force needs upgrade”, he reiterated.

Mba said that the workshop was planned to inculcate into the officers the capability to factually inform the public about the workings of the force and launder the image of the force as well.

“It is the responsibilities of the PPROs to reposition the Nigerian police force and after this capacity building conference, Nigerians would see the swift improvement of these officers,” he assured.

He said the Nigerian police was grateful to Anambra government and people of the state for their warm hospitality .

Effective Performance
Mr Ebere Amaraizu, Superintendent of Police and Enugu State Command PPRO said that the conference was very apt in training and retraining of Police PROS for effective performance.

He said that the capacity building training would also help the officers get use to modern day method of inter facing with the public and create effective presentation of the force  image.

Amaraizu said that the conference also afforded the officers across the country to meet and interact and exchange ideas on how best to serve the public optimally with their mates.

SP Haruna Mohamed, Anambra PPRO, said that the conference was to prepare the PPRO officers across the country on how best to engage in the modern skill of public relations so to serve the people effectively.

Haruna said that the conference was all important because there was need for capacity building for PPROs in the country to step up to the international best practice since there are shifts from orthodox way of public relations to a modern way.

He said that research had shown that “Social media skills like Whatsapp, Instagram, facebook, twitter have been considered as the fastest and majority of the audience are users so, the police need to learn the new skills so to relate efficiently with the public.

“Sound resource persons where engaged to train the officers on how to use the modern skills to reach out effectively to the public in other to bridge the gap of lack of proper communication.

“Some of the resources persons are Mallam Mukhtar Zubairu Sirajo, president of Nigeria Institute of Public Relations, Mr Chris Isiguzo President of Nigeria Union of Journalists among others”, he said.

Mr Ikechukwu Ogu, DSP, PPRO Ekiti State, described the conference as been very timely at the time that the country was in dire need of factual passage of information to its publics.

Ogu said that the training was information packed and that his major take home was the need to abide by the ethics of public relations officer by telling the story as it is to gain public confidence.

He said that police image need to be pictured right by the public and it would be possible if the police relation officers know how to present issues very well with modern techniques to the public.

Also Bala Elkana DSP and PPRO of Lagos state said the conference would assist him to improve himself in handling the population of social media users based in Lagos for effective and speedy dissemination of information.

Elkana said that the knowledge garnered on the use of social media would assist him to reach out to the people under his state very well and to relate with the public in areas of pushing out factual information.

“Police officers with the skill on how to use Social media as a means of passing out information to a large number of the public would aid the public in getting feedback promptly, correctly and curb the infiltration of fake news”, he said.

The Kano state PPRO Mr Abdullahi Harunna DSP said that the conference had afforded him the privilege to improve on public speaking skills in a more refined way.

Haruna said that the training had given him ideas on how to make the public understand what the police stands for and how to communicate with the people so that they should have a good perspective of the police force.

He said that a lot was learnt on how to engage in social media skills for effective relationship between the office and the public so as to get the best.

Mr Mac Don Odiko SP and Akwa Ibom PPRO said that the conference was very resourceful which exposed the officer to see the public as their boss and not as competitors.

Odiko said that the training is an eye opener to them and has created a pact for them to know better on how to write releases, and address the public without anxiety.

He said that learning the modern methods of public relations through the use of social media was very important in the discharge of their duty as it would aid in the force image laundering.

37 PPRO from State commands and FCT and 12 PROs of the 12 police zones in the country and other top officers from Force Headquarters attended the 4days conference and a dinner to wrapped up the conference was held at the instance of the State Government.