Thoughts Lead To Appreciation
It is heartbreaking that men and women who keep us safe are unable to cater for their family.
The salary structure of junior police officers is an embarrassment to me and is devastating.
How do our police live on the meagre earnings?
Yes, they knew the appalling financial conditions of police work prior to joining the force.
Yes, protecting lives and property is the duty they have sworn to uphold.
Nevertheless, the Nigeria Police merit much more concern and welfare packages than they receive at present.
Citizens, we owe our police a duty, several duties in fact:
A~ To regard the police as human;
B~ To recognise them as precious members of our community;
C~ To advise them casually when we believe they have erred;
D~ To extol them for remarkable performance of their jobs.
Section D is crucial for we condemn blunders and rarely appreciate coordinated excellence.
Government at all three tiers – local, state and federal – corporations, community organizations, and philanthropists, our police need not just equipment but also adequate remunerations.
Offer them extra income.
Non-governmental organizations might consider cash awards based on performance.
Another concept is to administer promotional competitions designed for the police.
The police need our assistance and compassion as much as we need theirs.
I have always found the police approachable and as a teenager I would walk up to police officers and begin a conversation with them.
My experiences last month vis-a-vis the aggression of my neighbour reaffirmed my belief that the police wherever they are stationed, even in a tribalistic and repressive society as Sokoto, are human.