mo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has called for the restructuring of the Police Trust Fund (PTF) to allow “good-spirited individuals” make contributions to it.
He said this will make it possible to achieve the purpose for which the Police Trust Fund was established.
The governor made the call when the Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris visited him at the Government House, Owerri over the weekend.
He noted: “Nigerians have every reason to celebrate the policemen in the country who have done well despite the limited resources available to them.”
According to him: “Constitutionally, Police personnel are not allowed to donate money or collect money from individuals but there could be a way to restructure PTF so that good-spirited individuals can also support because the Police is underfunded by every classification or category of human understanding.
“This is why we have decided in the Governors’ Forum that there is need to support the Nigeria Police.
“More often than not, when we see Policemen we feel they are not doing anything.
“But just give yourself one day without police, then you will know how important the Police Force is.
“In America for instance, the ratio is about 45 to 50 people to one policeman but in Nigeria it is one policeman to 750 people.”
Idris said: “The Nigeria Police would continue to work and liaise with governors, traditional rulers and other stakeholders on how best to ensure maximum security across the nation”.
He explained that more contributions is critical to a better policing.