The Plateau State Governor Jonah David Jang has blamed the military for the problems in the political system today, stressing that if the military had not obstructed the political system about 40 years ago the system in the country would have been better off today
Jang also canvassed that each state in the country should use some percentage out of their excess crude allocations to maintain the police in the state. He also appealed to the state and National Assembly to amend the constitution of the country to make provisions for the creation of state police Jang stated this yesterday in Jos while making a remark at a lecture titled “Policing in a Federal State” to mark his 69th birthday.
Jang said more funding should be allocated to the armed forces for more efficiency and professionalism to meet modern trends. According to him, the budget allocated to the Armed Forces is too meagre which cannot meet the high standards of insecurity in the country.
According to Jang “we want the creation of state police not because the Nigerian Police is inefficient, but because we want the police to get into the interior by policing the local populace.”
He also appealed to the people of the state to learn to tolerate one another regardless of tribal and religious differences, stressing that nothing could be better Birthday Gift as when lasting peace returns to the state.
Also Speaking on the occasion, the Senator representing Plateau North, Mr. Gyang Pwajok, who was the guest lecturer also lamented the high level of insecurity despite the huge funds being allocated to tackle insecurity in the country.
He further said that the idea of the Federal government spending more on the institution rather than training the personnel is not encouraging. He said there is every need to increase the educational requirement for entry into the police force.
Pwajok also appealed to the Police Service Commission to improve the welfare system of the Nigerian police like the inclusion of police officers and dependants in poverty alleviation programmes.
He also said there is every need for police officers to be promoted based on merits and to discourage drug abuse among police officers.
The senator who threw his weight behind the creation of state police also appealed to the federal government to provide education opportunities for police officers and to build more Barracks and modernize police stations in the country, adding that if this is properly looked into it would improve the security in the country.