IGP Egbetokun Commends GS-Foundation As Nigeria Receives 2000 Mobile Bed Barracks
In a remarkable stride towards advancing police reform and enhancing capacity building within the Nigerian Police Force, a historic commissioning took place on Friday, September 15, 2023, at the Police College Ikeja, Lagos.
The occasion marked the official unveiling of 2000 mobile bed barracks, generously donated by the Federal Republic of Germany through the GS-Foundation.
The event was graced by the presence of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, who received the mobile bed barracks with deep appreciation.
He underscored the significance of this donation, particularly at a time when the Nigerian Police is embarking on the establishment of a special intervention squad tasked with combating crime.
This specialized unit is set to comprise 40,000 officers, some of whom will soon be sent abroad for specialized training.
The mobile bed barracks come as a timely solution to the accommodation challenges faced by the police force, ensuring that officers are adequately housed during their training and deployments.
IGP Egbetokun shared that the Germany Ambassador has pledged continued support, with additional mobile barracks and donations on the horizon. This reaffirms the commitment to shaping a professional and agile police force capable of effectively responding to the evolving dynamics of crime in Nigeria.
Ambassador Simon Ridley of the Federal Republic of Germany commended the Nigerian Police leadership for their dedication to driving the police reform agenda forward. He emphasized that this project is a testament to the collaboration between
Nigeria and Germany in fulfilling the aspirations of Nigerian citizens for a modern and responsive police service. Ridley also acknowledged the pivotal role played by the G-S Foundation in facilitating this initiative and hinted at the potential for further joint efforts.
Mr. Mattiahs Seeger, the Nigeria Project Leader of the G-S Foundation and a retired Federal Police Commissioner, shed light on the foundation’s primary focus on training.
Having successfully trained over 600 trainers for Nigerian Police Force officers in Abuja, they remain committed to expanding these efforts to cater to various police units as per the Inspector General’s directives.
Tunji Lardner, Chief Executive of the Police Reform and Transformation Office (PORTO), highlighted the overarching goal of this project: to propel the police reform agenda in Nigeria.
Lardner underscored the versatility of the mobile bed barracks, each capable of accommodating eight officers, initially intended for training purposes but now repurposed to support officers in the field. This ensures they can effectively carry out their constitutional duties of safeguarding lives and property, as well as maintaining law and order.
CP Ayoola Ajala, in his remarks, praised the Federal Republic of Germany for their generous support, particularly in the realm of training. He noted that this project represents a significant leap forward for the Nigerian Police Force and serves as a testament to the goodwill and cooperation between the two nations.
The donation of 2000 mobile bed barracks, equipped with essential facilities such as kitchens and toilets, marks a pivotal moment in strengthening the capabilities of the Nigerian Police Force.
This substantial contribution from the Federal Republic of Germany underscores the importance of international collaboration in promoting security and law enforcement in Nigeria.
As these mobile bed barracks are put into use, they promise to play a critical role in ensuring the safety and well-being of Nigerian citizens, aligning with the broader vision of police reform and capacity building.
Also present at the occasion include the Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Ari Ali Mohamed, Commissioner of Police, Command, CP Idowu Owohunwa, Commissioner of Police, Special Fraud Unit, CP Margaret Ochalla , CP Aminu Baba Raji,