To tackle the deplorable living conditions of police officers in Nigeria, the House of Representatives has called for the auctioning of police barracks across the country.
The House made the resolution following the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance by Rep. Murphy Omoruyi at the plenary in Abuja on Thursday.
The Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Police Affairs were urged by the House to liaise with the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) to immediately assess the value of all federal-owned police barracks across the country and auction them.
The move, the House opined was to allow for construction of befitting accommodations for police officers, given the deplorable state of police barracks across the country.
Moving his motion, Omoruyi reminded the lawmakers that the National Assembly passed the Police Reform Bill 2020 which was signed into law by former President Muhammadu Buhari on September 16, 2020.
He however said the problem of adequate and dignified accommodation for police officers had persisted and so far outlived all previous measures.
He said, “For example, between 2019 and 2022, over N5 billion was spent by the federal government on barracks renovations. Despite all efforts, barracks continue to fail to meet basic needs in their current state of disrepair and lack of maintenance.”
He argued that the barracks method of housing for police and local law enforcement officers is “a relic colonial practice that has since been abandoned by the same colonialists in their home countries.”
Omoruyi expressed concern that police officers and their families live in squalor quarters characterized by “large cracks on the walls, bat-infested houses, leaking roofs and dilapidated structures for barracks across the country.”
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