The Nigeria Police yesterday said it will open the Nigerian Police Broadcasting Service (NPBS) and the Nigeria Police Emergency Response (NPER) in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory on January 30,2017.
This initiative is said to further boost President Muhammadu Buhari’s quest for fighting crime and criminality in Nigeria and at the same boost the Vice-President, Yemi Osibanjo’s campaign of job creation as means of wiping out poverty in Thee country.
However, the NPBS and NPER which are the innovations of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris when fully operational will broadcast nationwide on TV, radio, online and the National Emergency Communication Command and Control Centre with its headquarters in Abuja and locations in each of the 36 states to give it effective national coverage.
This was contained in a presentation made to the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board in Abuja.
Making the presentation on behalf of the Police yesterday, Ono Akpe noted that the project is expected to gulp S500 million without the Nigeria Police contributing anything to the fund..
“The Nigeria Police has executed an MOU with Skytick International Limited. The company under the MOU is obliged to raise the required fund to construct, purchase and install all needed equipment including the helicopter and drones for the effective operation of the project throughout the country.
“The company with the full compliment of the compliments of the police will operate the NPBS for a period of 20 years before handing over to the Nigeria Police. The Nigeria Police is only obligated under the MOU to provide land in the name 36 states and the FCT for construction of the Television and Radio stations”.
Speaking on the benefits of the initiave, the Chief Executive Officer of Skytick International Limited who is the major partner, Edirin Jerry Wesley said that NPBS is to serve and ensure that the Nigerian Public has access to an efficient and effect police service that meets their security and safety needs through delivery of its strategic objectives.
He added that it will create a platform to interact with the public and provide them with an opportunity to voice their opinions and other concerns and effect improvements in service provision and deliver an effective and efficient people oriented community police services based on global best practices to build capacity of citizens so that informed feedback and debate on police can freely and easily take place.
He further noted that the equipment are already arriving in the country, awaiting the start of transmission.
In his own remarks, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Joshak Habila said that the force is more encouraged that the initiative will be a success, given the calibre of people involved in the implementation.
He added that the coming up on board of NPBS will further improve the work of the Nigeria Police as it bothers on security of lives and properties.
“Through NPBS, we are going to do our best to effect and educate people on security and protection of lives and properties, especially those in the oil and crime zones.
“We need the support of all stakeholders in the implementation of this laudable initiative”, he added.
Responding, the Chairman of the Board, Engr. Simbi Wabote noted that the overall concept is novel and will go a long way to address the security challenges in the country if it is done and executed professionally.
“Security is about information gathering and communication. Before now, police don’t carry guns, but batons. But, as we can see today, even the AK 47 is not enough to protect Nigerians.
“Security is going more digital, and we have to flow with the tide, if we are to get desired result.
“We will identify with the project, since part of our responsibility is to develop local content and we need security to do all of this. We are committed to the project and also be an advocate of the project”, he stated.