“I still hold my view that in addition to the central police, which we have today, we need other levels of policing. States, local governments, and possibly other major institutions should be able to have their own police that is well coordinated.”
The Deputy Senate President spoke on Friday in Abuja while decorating one of his newly promoted security aides, Mr. Uchenna Igwebuike, with the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police.
Ekweremadu, who commended the Police for rewarding hard work through the promotion, observed that Nigeria could no longer afford to do the same thing continually and expect a different result.
He said that unitary police, which the country currently operates, is out of tune with a federal arrangement.
“First of all, let me say that I am happy with this promotion. It shows that hard work pays and this is the reward for hard work. The officer has showed exemplary dedication to his work; he has been a true professional. So, he deserves this promotion and I also believe that the sky is his limit in his chosen profession.
“But, in the interim, we need to ensure efficiency in the central policing we have. We need to ensure that they are equipped, trained, and motivated to do the work they have been constitutionally empowered to do, while we explore modalities to work out the decentralized policing system for our country in tandem with all federal institutions all over the world.” [myad]