By Ejike Ejike, Abuja
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris has sought the support of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum for the funding of the Nigeria Police Broadcasting Services (NPBS).
Idris, who made the call at a meeting with the forum in Abuja, said the station would assist in addressing many current security challenges across the country.
Addressing to Forum, the IGP said “I passionately wish to seek Your Excellences assistance for the funding of the Nigeria Police Broadcasting Services (NPBS) which is a project being created to deliver Public Service Broadcast function that will assist in addressing many of the current security challenges across the country”
According to the Force PRO, CSP Jimoh Moshood, the IGP explained that the station will bridge the gap between the Nigeria Police and members of the public.
“When commissioned, it will broadcast Nationwide on TV, Radio, online and the National Emergency Communication Command Control Centre (NEC4) with its Headquarters in Abuja and locations in each of the 36 States and the FCT to give effective National coverage.
“It will enable the Police to tell its story and set the record straight by telling positive stories and correcting distorted information,” he said.
IGP Idris also said that the station would also be used to build community relations and enhance positive relations with members of the public, noting that the regular budgetary allocation to the Police cannot fund Police operations without alternative source of funding.
Responding, the Chairman, Nigeria Governor’s Forum, Alhaji Abdulhazeez Yari, Governor of Zamfara State commended the police boss for dousing security challenges in the country and assured the IGP of their support to ensure the success and smooth takeoff of the broadcasting services, noting that issue of security should be seen as every body’s business.
The Governors Forum set up a committee, to be chaired by the Governor of Kwara state and other Governors to serve in the committee are: Bauchi, Imo, Delta, Sokoto, as well as members of technical committee from the proposed Police Broadcasting Services.