The Police Service Commission in Nigeria (PSC), a commission charged with the welfare and other responsibilities of police officers in the country, has lauded the Enugu State Command over its efforts in sustaining security and safety in the state.
The Chairman of the PSC Board, Mr Musiliu Smith, a one time Inspector General, (IGP) gave the commendation when he paid a courtesy call on the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Danmallam, in Enugu on Monday.
The courtesy call was part of a two-day working visit to the Command, its formations, and the Police College located at Oji River, a suburb of Enugu.
Mr. Smith, who was represented by Mr Austin Braimoh, said that they were on a mission to access what had been on ground in the command.
He noted that they were also seeking ways to improve police operations and image in the state.
“The board came to being at a time when the image of the police was at its lowest ebb.
“However, we are quite impressed with the state’s commissioner of police, who had managed materials, logistics and personnel so far,’’ the chairman said.
According to him, since we came into the state, the board members had seen how calm, peaceful and orderly the state is so far.
Smith said: “We urge you to continue on the good work and continue to make Enugu State rank the most secured and safe state in the country.
“With the revelation on ground, we have seen why Enugu State is the most peaceful and orderly state.
“However, the command should let us know the areas the board can be of assist to you command.’’
Responding, Enugu state commissioner of police, Danmallam said the command was so honoured to receive the PSC board members and for making Enugu State and its command the first to be visited.
Danmallam lauded that the calibre and quality of people in the board, adding: “I see dedicated and committed personalities that can bring the needed improvement in Nigerian Police.”
He cited the challenges facing the state command to include but not limited to: shortage of manpower, logistics – vehicles, offices, motorcycles and many others.
“Our officers and men needed adequate enumeration to get motivated to fight crime the more.
“While the command is taming the cultism monster in secondary schools and higher institutions in the state through community policing as well as involving religious and community leaders to talk to these children and mentor them appropriately,’’ Danmallam said.