The Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Monday pledged his backing for proper equipping, staffing and training of the Nigerian Police to enable it to perform properly.
Dogara said at the opening of a public hearing on a Bill to establish Security Services Welfare Infrastructure Development Commission in Abuja, that the legislature would support the process of strengthening the police.
The public hearing, organised by the House’s Committee on Defence, was to among other things, review the state of welfare and infrastructure of security services in the country.
“The armed forces are doing a great job in maintenance of internal security currently as the Police are ill-equipped, improperly manned and too weak financially to perform their duties.
“It has also become necessary and urgent to re-examine the current architecture of policing in Nigeria to make it structurally strong and effective.
“The spate of insecurity, rampant kidnappings, terrorism, civil strife and threats to our corporate existence as a nation are too weighty and too important to be left unaddressed.
“As a government, we owe it a duty to ensure that Nigerians do not continue to die in their numbers since the most important constitutional duty of the state is the security and welfare of the people,’’ he said.
He added that the armed forces also needed to be strengthened to face the numerous security challenges faced by the country, with adequate funding and necessary policy frameworks.
“Officers and men of the armed forces are doing their best in the fight against Boko Haram and other security challenges facing the country.
“There is no doubt that welfare and equipping of the armed forces with modern tools of war aided by technology is being undertaken by the current administration, but we need to do much more,” Dogara said.