TOP STORIES: Welfare of Policemen must be taken care of, for them to perform their duties optimally– Solomon Arase.Adunni Adetola
The Chairperson of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Solomon Arase, has said that the commission will prioritise the welfare of officers to curb corruption within the force.
Arase made this promise, while speaking with state house correspondents after he was sworn in as PSC chairman on Wednesday.
He noted that in order to make police officers diligent and perform optimally, their welfare must be taken into consideration.
“Well, as an inspector-general of police, the way I looked at the issue of corruption was to identify it from the source,” Arase said.
“When you tackle issues that are likely to increase the tendencies to be corrupt, you deal with it. How are you taking care of their welfare?
“How are you ensuring that when they retire, they have a decent house to go to? How are you taking care of their children? Can we organise scholarship schemes for them?
“Can we ensure that when we deploy them, they have the necessary work equipment? When you respect people who work for you… even your dogs, when they see you, they will wag their tails. “So we must take the interest of the Nigerian police officers into consideration and we’ll douse the issue of corruption.”
‘Discipline will be taken seriously’
Arase said the officers will be made to undergo more training in order to bridge the trust gap between the force and the public.“We will be strong in training in various areas, especially alternative dispute resolution,” he said.
“The issue of discipline will be taken seriously. I will not want a situation where civil situations arise. So any officer who steps out of the line, there will be consequences. But at the same time, they are my colleagues and children. So I’m going to make sure that I sharpen their skills.
“I’ll ensure that they start having confidence in themselves. With more training, the trust gap between members of the public and the police will be bridged. That is what I want to do; that members of the public will collaborate with the police force, and see them as part of the larger society.
“The benefits that are derivable from good conduct as a police officer, they will continue to reap it when they retire. So that is what I will emphasise.”
On steps to improve the relationship between the commission and the police, Arase said: “If you look at the calibre of people you have in the commission, then you also look at the professional skills of the police management team, there is no way that there won’t be occasional issues.
“What I think we should do is that each of the parties should not learn to take everything. There must be negotiation, empathy, and respect for each of our roles.
“I will expect that the commission allows the IGP to exercise his operational control over the police. And that the IG himself will respect the constitutional powers of the PSC. So, there must be mutual respect between both parties. I don’t foresee any crisis at all.”
“This is your state, nobody can chase you away- Gov. Adeleke assures Aregbesola.
The former Governor of Osun State and current Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola was live on Tuesday at Ilesha as he joined the incumbent Governor, Ademola Adeleke in commissioning of the Ilesha Passport Office.
This was in continuation of the good work by Governor Ademola Adeleke who has been doing incredibly well since he assumed office to take charge the helm of affairs in the State just barely over 100 days.
The presence of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola at the big event was a prove that humanity should be placed as priority over any partisan politics, and also an indication that politics in Nigeria is not a do or die affairs, as there is no permanent friends and permanent enemies noting the fact that these two are from two different opposition parties.
These two political maestros then enjoyed the beautiful moment together as they shared some bond which showed that there has been good relationship between them, as they were seen hugging and exchanging pleasantries and at some point they both showed their dance step.
Governor Ademola Adeleke while thanking the Minister of Interior for his presence to honour his invitation, he assured him of the State government’s support in sustaining and entrenching the policies and programs left behind during his administration.
He noted that Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is always welcome in the State with a pledge to also complete all the projects initiated by the former Governor to facilitate and enhance the growth of the State.
He said, “Mr. Minister, I am assuring you that this is your State, nobody can chase you away. This is your State and you are welcome anytime. Even you can come around to the Government House. When I complete all the structures I am currently working on at the Government House, I will personally invite you to commission them”.
“No matter the party you are, if you are progressive in as much as you are doing what the people want. When he was Governor, he loved the people and the people loved him. All the projects Ogbeni left were abandoned for years. I promised the people during the campaign that I am going to continue the projects. That is what I am doing”.
“How I was able to pay owned salaries of workers from 2016 within my first 100 days in office”- Governor Ademola Adeleke.
The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has revealed how he was able to clear the arrears of salaries and pensions owed to the workers in the state from 2016 within his first 100 days in Office.
Governor who was speaking during an interview in a video that is already going viral on social media, said he was disturbed by the sufferings of the people in the state when he assumed office.
The Osun state Governor further reveal that he had no other option than to seek divine intervention for wisdom in order to surmount the daunting task before him.
When Gov. Adeleke was asked how he got the money to pay the worker’s arrears of salaries and pensions, he responded that “I blocked all the leakages where they spend money that is not necessary. I blocked all the places where all the money was meant for Osun people that were going somewhere else. I have a formidable team!”