From Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja

President Bola Tinubu, yesterday, said his administration is committed to reforms in the Nigeria Police Force towards enhancing the nation’s security architecture.

Tinubu made the pledge, yesterday, at a one-day National Dialogue on State Policing with the theme, “Pathways to Peace: Re-imagining Policing in Nigeria”, in Abuja.

Represented by the Vice-President Kashim Shettima, the president said the idea of state policing was not just a mere policy proposal, but a potential milestone in the evolution of the nation’s law enforcement framework. He said state police would create the opportunity to fashion law enforcement in a manner that would closely address the various demands of communities across the country.

Tinubu said his administration was much aware of the complex security issues confronting Nigeria and, as such, was continually developing, refining its strategies and methods to address the challenges effectively.

He said: “The commitment of my administration to reform the police force and enhance security at both the national and state levels is unwavering. We view the outcomes of today’s deliberations as crucial inputs that will guide the government’s actions towards reforming the institution of the police and achieving a safer and more secure Nigeria.

“In our deliberations, let us consider the implications of state policing from multiple perspectives. We must evaluate its potential to improve response times to emergencies, adapt to specific local challenges, and increase accountability. At the same time, we must address concerns related to the standardisation of training, oversight, and the safeguarding of civil liberties.

“Our dialogue, today, should also be seen as an opportunity to listen, understand, and propose solutions that bridge gaps. It is essential that this forum is not the end but the beginning of an ongoing conversation on the issue of police and security sector reform in our country.”

The president expressed delight that the 10th House of Representatives, under Speaker Tajudeen Abbas, had keyed into the idea of state policing. He said the involvement of the legislature in executive reform proposals ensured continuity and synergy.

“Let us use this opportunity to engage and explore every option with the seriousness and diligence they demand,” he said.