Alkasim Abdulkadir, Abuja: The North East Regional Initiative (NERI) has handed over two renovated training halls at the police college, Maiduguri, to the Nigeria police force. The police college is the second largest federal government-owned tertiary institution in Borno State after the University of Maiduguri. It was among the first public institutions that suffered attack in the earliest stages of the insurgency in June 2009. NERI said the gesture was aimed at helping the foremost training college upgrade its capacity for training police officers that are to be deployed to communities liberated from Boko Haram. The two 650-seater capacity police training halls were among the several dilapidated structures that littered the 45-year-old police training institution. The college has been responsible for the recruitment and training of millions of junior cadre police officer mostly from the northeast geopolitical zone. NERI’s intervention was described as first of its kind in the life of the college.
NERI, a USAID funded NGO, said the rehabilitation was part of its commitment to supporting public security institutions to achieve peace in reclaimed communities. “By rehabilitating the two halls, NERI is improving government’s responsiveness to enabling the return of civil authority and preparing the grounds for recovery and reintegration in the Northeast,” said Suleiman Dauda, the Programme Manager of NERI in Borno State. Mr. Dauda, who made this statement while handing over the renovated structures to the Police College Commandant said, “after the (Boko Haram) conflict, security and civil authority must be restored to facilitate the proper resettlement of the liberated communities. This can only be achieved by the deployment of enough policemen to those liberated communities.”
The college commandant, Uwem Akpan, a commissioner of police, thanked NERI for taking the lead in rendering assistance of that magnitude to the police in the conflict-ridden zone. Mr. Akpan said he was positive the reconstructed buildings would go a long way in “creating the conducive atmosphere for the training of the policemen”. He however called for more assistance from aid missions in Borno State to drive further rehabilitation of more dilapidated structures.