Former IG lauds Buhari over new police salary

A  former Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase,  has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for increasing the salary of the police.

However,  Arase  said  increase   was not enough to  solve the problems facing the force.

The retired police chief spoke  in an interview  with our correspondent at the University of Ilorin where he chaired a Conference on Effect of Globalization on Culture on Tuesday.

Arase,  who said  Nigerian policemen   are the least paid in Sub-Sahara Africa,  stated that the President had done well  by  improving  their welfare.

He said,  “Increasing the salary of the police is a good development because anybody who works deserves his pay.  And for the President to deem it fit to increase the salary is a welcome development,  but increasing the take-home pay alone without improving other things  cannot solve the problems of the police in this country.

“Other things which have to be done include provision of good working environment, decent accommodation, Vehicles and modern equipment.”

Speaking at the second joint international conference organized by the Faculty of Arts, University of Ilorin and University of Georgia, USA, the former IGP noted that globalisation is replete with positive and negative effects on culture.

The theme of the conference is Globalization, Security, Governance and Culture in Africa.

Arase  stated that globalisation had  impacted negatively on  Nigerian  cultural values as much as it had  altered the complexities in crime, security and governance.

He  said  globalisation had  justified the need for a new way of looking at things, adding that   it  had  strengthened security and governance in the country.

Meanwhile, the  Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris has urged officers  to justify the recent increase  of their  salary  by redoubling their efforts.
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