From Francis Nansak, Lafia
President Muhammadu Buhari has, on Wednesday, applauded the initiative, the conceptualisation and timely completion of the Police Mobile Force Training College at Endehu, Nasarawa Eggon Hills, of Nasarawa state.
The President, who was represented by the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Maigari Dingyadi, at the occasion of the commissioning of the PMF, stated that the establishment of the training facility, is aimed at enhancing the operational capacity of the Nigeria police special forces.
Mohammadu Buhari, also said the Training College will deal with the current threats of insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, civil insurrection and other emerging crimes .
” It brings pride to the policy thrust of my administration to modernized Nigeria internal security framework through proactive policing in line with international best practices.
“This training facility is of immense importance and great significance as it adds to previously existing PMF training institutions in Gwoza in Borno and Ila-Orogun,Osun State.
“The intention is to expand the capacity of PMF training facilities in the country to give effect to capacity building for special forces that would neutralized rising waves of criminalities across Nigeria,” the President said.
In his remarks, Engr Abdullahi Sule, the governor of Nasarawa state, expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari, for approving the sitting of the Police Mobile Force Training College in Nasarawa State.
Governor Sule also commend the Inspector-General of Police for conceiving the idea of establishing the college, aimed at equipping the personnel with technical knowledge, as well as strengthening collective efforts in curbing security challenges in the country.
According to the governor, prior to the advent of the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria witnessed monumental threat to national security.
“But the coming on board of the present administration has significantly degraded the activities of the Boko Haram insurgency, kidnapping, banditry, farmer/herder clashes among other sundry crises.
“However, it is pertinent to note that, in spite of this effort, we are witnessing the resurgence of criminal elements which necessitated the need to re-strategize towards combating the security challenges bedeviling our society.
“It is my belief and conviction that the establishment of this college will serve as avenue for prospective participants to exchange ideas and share experience on modern trends of combating insecurity in the country,” Governor Sule added.
Also, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, said the project was significant in several ways, stating that it represented a critical national security asset which was established as part of the strategic approaches of the Nigeria Police in strengthening the capacity of the special and tactical operations arms of the Nigeria Police in dealing with current and emerging threats in the country on a sustainable basis.
He pointed out that specialized training was key to effective planning, coordination and successful operations of the Police, especially at this time that the nation is faced with the threats of terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and armed robbery.
Adamu further said: ‘It is therefore, imperative that the
Police should continually explore opportunities for capacity development of its personnel, particularly, those that are relied upon to respond to major threats to internal security.”