‘Police is your friend’ is one phrase that any true Nigerian should be familiar with even though officials of the Nigeria Police Force, have left people wondering if indeed the assertion was meant or has some king of ironical undertone.
The NPF ranks one of the top five most corrupt government institutions in the country which has made a lot of people lose all the respect for them.
Bribery and corruption have become the order of the day among the officials that they appear shameless when they stand on the roads to collect bribes from drivers.
Amidst all the controversies surrounding the Police Force, there are indications that it has established a national broadcasting and radio service which is designed to serve the entire nation.
Indeed, Nigerians are underserved when it comes to broadcast communications and it wouldn’t be a bad idea if more facilities are established to fill this gap considering the fact that we are in an information age where people struggle daily to keep abreast with the latest happenings around them.
It was disclosed that the broadcasting service will be managed by the Nigeria Police Broadcasting Service Limited (NPBS), a company jointly owned by the police and a private entity.
The station is designed to keep people up to date with news and current affairs about the country.
While some persons might see it as a welcome development, while others may have a different notion about the development.
Sources privy to the development at the police force headquarters in Abuja disclosed that the news and current affairs station will have operational bases in all the states of the federation and the FCT, and will be jointly funded by the force and private investors, who are behind Skytick Limited.
The force has filed paperwork for a broadcasting license with the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
Recall that the NBC withdrew the provisional radio licences of about 54 companies in the country for not meeting up certain requirements as stipulated.
Owing to the fact that security has become a challenge across the country in the wake of incessant attacks by Fulani herdsmen and their Boko Haram counterparts, this move may go a long way to beef up security in the country if well managed.
The police shouldn’t just be about setting up the stations for the sake of the revenue to be generated.
It could be a golden opportunity for the officials to liase with other security agencies and the general public with the help of effective communication to help track down criminals and also beef up security in the country.
The Inspector General of Police can even maximize the opportunity as an avenue to sensitize the public through documentaries and other means on the roles of the police and the dos and don’ts of the officers since it’s not everyone that is familiar with them.
It could also be made a platform through which citizens can easily access the police services more easily as it could be a great step towards the fight against crime and other social vices.
The platform can also serve as a means of alleviating the burden of unemployment that has ravaged the country for so many years and even getting worse in the wake of the severe economic recession rocking the nation.
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