The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Police Affairs, in conjunction with the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali-Baba, has launched the Police Specialist Services Automation Project to institutionalize transparency and accountability , and entrench quality service delivery within the Nigeria Police Force.
The Minister for Police Affairs, Dr Muhammad Maigari-Dingyadi commissioned the project at the International Peace Conference Hall, Nigeria Police Headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.
Maigari-Dingyadi noted that the initiative’s alignment with the regime of President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retired) was key to prioritizing enhanced security, anti-corruption and economic development. .
“I resumed the process of updating it by presenting it to the Federal Executive Council for approval through a memorandum which was approved in July 2021.
“Previously, the Nigerian Police provided specialist services such as applications for Police Figure Certificates, Police Excerpts, Specialist Escorts and Custody Services. The current manual way of dealing with the provision of these services lacks the fundamental principles of accountability and transparency. For these reasons, the need to automate processes has become imperative.
The Minister, however, noted that the POSSAP was not just an NPF project, but a mechanism put in place for the realization of the Federal Government’s policy on its Revenue Growth Strategic Initiative.
“It is also a strategic initiative for police reform to improve homeland security through its integration with existing national identity data repositories and the improvement of the well-being of its officers and men while repositioning the image and perception of the Force.
“The image and perception of the Force would no longer be described by the individual actions of a few bad eggs but by the collective mechanism of rapid delivery of specialized services as encapsulated in the POSSAP project. I am pleased to inform the officers and men of the Force that the recent federal government approval of the new police salary structure was largely based on additional revenue to be derived from the POSSAP project.
The IGP, Alkali-Baba, who also spoke at the event, said the meeting of the highest hierarchy of the Nigerian Police in Abuja should periodically review and assess strategies and strengthen internal security operations against banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, very violent acts. crimes, assessment of political trends and general security issues interface with field commanders to assess possible threats, and also refine strategy ahead of the 2023 general election.
“The concept of POSSAP is to enable citizens to benefit from specialized police services, which is a worldwide practice, to ensure standardization of the process of providing police services and to ensure accountability as it would act as a revenue complementary to increase the well-being of the staff and finance basic needs such as the supply of tools for the exploitation.
POSSAP chief executive Dr David Ibhawoh also said the project is aimed at re-engineering the internal operations of the existing police.
He said: “POSSAP is intended for the re-engineering of existing internal police operations to drive specialized services for sustainable improvement in infrastructure, efficiency, effectiveness, service delivery, responsibility and optimization of assets for the benefit of Nigerian citizens”.
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