Arase, commends NASS for removing NPF from contributory pension

… Restates commitment to reposition PSC, NPF through training

Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), IGP Solomon Arase (retd.), has commended the National Assembly (NASS) for endorsing a veritable law that has removed the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) from the contributory pension scheme like its colleagues in the security services.

PSCHead, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, disclosed this in a press statement, on Friday in Abuja.

He said the commission’s boss maintained that scheme had impacted negatively on the standard of living of police officers and exposed them to several health challenges.

“I commend the retired officers who were resolute and persistently pursued their interest in a civilised manner.

“The quick assent to the bill will be an icing on the cake and will assuage the pangs of abject poverty they have been consigned to after a meritorious service of their fatherland where some paid the supreme price to ensure security and Public safety in the country,” Arase stated.

Ani said the former police boss has also restated his commitment to continuous and extensive training of staff of the commission and the NPF, even as four directors of the Commission have concluded intensive one-week training in accountable policing oversight and criminal Justice system.

The spokesperson stated that the training was organised by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa, in conjunction with the African Policing Oversight Forum.

He said the PSC directors joined 81 other participants from 21 countries to undergo the training which is a dividend of the rapid stakeholders’ advocacy by the commission’s boss on assumption of duty.

He noted that Arase, an internationally acclaimed scholar and consultant, who was a facilitator during the training, has assured the staff of international and national trainings aimed at repositioning the commission.

The former police boss also promised that similar trainings would be extended to the Police in areas of respect for the fundamental human rights and adhering to international best practices.

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