The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday sought the support o Nigeria’s Governors’ Forum for the funding of the Nigeria Police Broadcasting Services (NPB).I
Idris, who made the call at a meeting with the Forum in Abuja on Thursday, said the station would assist in addressing many current security challenges across the country.
“I passionately wish to seek Your Excellencies’ assistance for the funding of the Nigeria Police Broadcasting Services (NPBS) which is a project being created to deliver Public Service Broadcast function that will assist in addressing many of the current security challenges across the country,” he said.
He explained that the station will bridge the gap between the Nigeria Police and members of the public. “When commissioned, it will broadcast Nationwide on TV, Radio, online and the National Emergency Communication Command Control Centre (NEC4) with its Headquarters in Abuja and locations in each of the thirty six (36) States and the FCT to give effective national coverage.
It will enable the Police to tell its story and set the records straight by telling positive stories and correcting distorted information,” he said.
Idris stressed that the station would also be used to build community relations and enhance positive relations with members of the public, noting that the regular budgetary allocation to the Police cannot fund Police operations without alternative sources of funding. He assured, however, that the Police under him would guarantee the protection of lives and property in the country.
Responding, the Chairman, Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Abdulhazeez Yari, Governor of Zamfara State commended the police boss for dousing security challenges in the country. He assured the IGP of their support to ensure the success and smooth takeoff of the broadcasting services, saying that the issue of security should be seen as every body’s business.
The Governors Forum set up a committee, to be chaired by the Governor of Kwara state, and other Governors to serve in the committee are: Bauchi, Imo, Delta, Sokoto, as well as the members of the technical committee from the proposed Police Broadcasting Services.
Some of the Governors who spoke commended the IGP for his efforts in dousing tension in the country, despite limited resources.