In a bid to ensure that the officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force across the country discharge their duties well, members of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) of the Olu Obasanjo Divisional Police headquarters, under the Rivers State Police Command, have conferred awards on some eminent Nigerians as well organized a fund raising appeal for the completion of the PCRC building.
Speaking during the event last Tuesday at the Olu Obasanjo Divisional Police headquarters, Port Harcourt, a former commissioner for Youth in Rivers State, Hon. Owene Wonodi, said that in order for the police to carry out its primary function of crime prevention, all hands must be on deck. He condemned the gruesome murder of SP Bako of the Ahoada police division.
Earlier in his opening remarks, chairman of the occasion, Amb. Comrade Douglas James Eromobor said there is need to encourage both the rich and the poor to support the police, as the government cannot fund and equip the police alone.
“The Nigerian Government cannot fund and equip the police alone. There are things the government cannot do for the police, however, we as individuals can also help. This is why we are here to encourage the Nigeria Police Force and also see that they perform better.
“We should not see this paramilitary institution as the one that should be neglected. Therefore, I want to encourage every one of us here today to support the police. This is because without the police personnel we will not be here today.”
Comrade Eromobor pledged to be part of the completion of the Olu-Obasanjo PCRC building project. “I will be part of the completion of the Olu-Obasanjo PCRC building project of the Division.”
Also speaking, the DPO of Olu-Obasanjo Division, CSP Blaise Etete said that regardless of the questionable activities of some police officers, the NPF still has good police officers in the service.
“In a family of 12, there are bad ones. However, there are still good police officers in the Nigeria Police Force,” he stated.
CSP Etete who was represented by DSP Eteng Isong appealed to good spirited individuals and well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of the Police Force.
“I know we don’t have a very good record and image. However, I want to appeal to Nigerians to help the police because we are dying. We don’t have patrol vehicles,” CSP Etete pleaded.
State chairman of PCRC, Mr. Voke Emore said officers and men of the Olu-Obasanjo Division as well and members of the PCRC are fantastic and hardworking people.
He described the PCRC as the bridge between the civilian and the police.
Mr. Emore assured that before December 2023, the Olu-Obasanjo PCRC building complex would be ‘commissioned, as he lauded members of the PCRC for their contributions and efforts.
In his welcome address, chairman of PCRC Olu-Obasanjo Divisional headquarter, Comrade Clifford Obasi said the ultimate purpose of the event was to spur Nigerians to donate towards the completion of the PCRC building complex.
He said the award to eminent individuals would increase support for the police,
“The conferment of the ICON Awards on eminent Nigerians is to spur and encourage men and women of this country to do more for the Nigeria Police.
Comrade Obasi expressed reservation over the amount realized at the event, stressing that there is need for more financial support for the PCRC goal.
He identified challenges facing the Olu-Obasanjo police division.
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