Friday, February 24, 2012

Budget 2012 (6) - Failing Police, Failing State By: Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

Sahara Reporters
24 February 2012

By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

What has happened to our Police Force? Why did it attract the brightest and committed people then, and why is it populated by a different set of people now? As every society needs policing, can our police enforce the law when everyone looks upon its officers and men with such disdain and contempt? We will explore these by looking at the history and evolution of the Nigeria Police Force, its current structure and situation, the challenges and its spending priorities in the 2012 Budget. We will ask whether the spending priorities make sense, and then ask the standard quantity surveying question - is Nigeria getting value for the money being spent on our Police?  And how do other related agencies in the security sector compare in spending with the Police?

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