PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari said the recruitment of 10,000 policemen would address the challenge of youth unemployment in the country. The president made the disclosure at a ceremonial parade to mark the 2016 Police Week in Abuja on Friday.
Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau said the initiative would also address the manpower gap in the police.
He advised the management of the police force to put national interest in mind in the recruitment in line with the reform agenda of the ministry of interior.
“In carrying out this exercise, I expect the Nigeria Police to put national interest in the foremost,“ he said.
Buhari said that community policing had become more imperative considering the current security challenges in the country.
He said that it was in view of this that his administration had rested the internal security of the country on enhanced budget, addressing social factors among others. The president said that government had funded the procurement of over 1,000 patrol vehicles and other logistics to strengthen operational capacity of the police.
He said that in order to address the challenge of highly organised crime, government had stren-gthened the technical intelligence capacity of the police.
“No nation thrives without security, and neither can a nation lay claim to security without an efficient policing service.
“This administration shall continue to support initiatives that will guarantee the reform and modernisation of the Nigeria Police.