Nigeria and U.S Has Cordial Relationship in Policing-Dingyadi
The Honorable Minister of Police Affairs Alhaji Mohammad Maigari Dingyadi has said that Mr. Presidents number one agenda in this Next Level dispensation is to guarantee the security of lives and properties of the citizens of this great nation, Nigeria. This led to the re-establishment of the Ministry of Police Affairs.
In his speech during the courtesy call of the U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E Beth Leonard to the Ministry on Tuesday, 10th March 2020, Dingyadi noted that great cordial relationship has existed between the U S and Nigeria especially in the area of policing.
Explaining one of the steps the Ministry is taking in making sure there is better policing, he said that the Police Trust Fund will aid in training of the men of the Police force maximally and ensuring their welfare. On the issue of community policing, Dinyadi noted that currently, Nigeria has about 350,000 (three hundred and fifty thousand police men which is not enough if we must think of appropriate policing, thus, the introduction of community policing.
The Minister said that adequate infrastructure needs to be put in place as more logistics and support is needed by the police.
Speaking earlier, the Ambassador of the U.S to Nigeria, H.E Beth Leonard said it has become pertinent that the US understands Nigeria’s priorities, challenges and issues because U.S and Nigeria have come a long way in policing.
Dr. Maurice Nnamdi Mbaeri, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police Affairs in his closing remark highlighted the need for U S to co-operate with Nigeria in the area of insecurity, curbing corruption and growing the economy in order to reduce the unemployment rate which is the canker worm that has aggravated the insecurity faced today.
While thanking the envoy on finding time to embark on such important visit, Mbaeri seized the opportunity to implore the US to assist in combatting Corona virus, noting that two cases have been identified in Nigeria. “U.S is far more advanced than Nigeria and it is hoped that they assist in combating this global health threat called Corona virus”.