25 POLICE BARRACKS IN LAGOS UP FOR REDEVELOPMENT AS IGP ALKALI PARTNERS LAGOS GOVT. ON HIS GIANT STRIDE FOR POLICE WELFARE
- over 198 infrastructure projects completed by IGP Baba so far
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba will in partnership with the Lagos State Government undertake a renovation and redevelopment of 25 major Police barracks in Lagos. This move underscores his staunch commitment to improving welfare of police officers and men across the country.
In a press briefing attended by members of the National Association of Online Security News Publishers, NAOSNP, IGP Usman Alkali Baba noted: ‘In full compliance with the Lagos State Government’s recommendations on the poor condition of some Police Barracks that do not match up to the structural integrity test, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has deemed it necessary to carry out the demolition, redevelopment, and reconstruction of 25 Police Barracks and facilities in Lagos State. We have taken a proactive approach towards the redevelopment and regeneration of these important establishments, and anticipate the positive outcomes associated with this venture. The renovations will provide much-needed modern amenities and enhance the condition of living and dignity of Police Officers’.
The IGP represented by the Force PRO, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi added: ‘Today, the timeous and remarkable proposal by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, CFR, to modernize Police Barracks and other facilities in Lagos State whilst partnering with the Lagos State Government in a bid to enhance the overall welfare of Police personnel serving in the state is the crux of this briefing. This laudable initiative by the Inspector-General of Police is timely as it is without a doubt fundamental to addressing the longstanding issue of poor and dilapidated infrastructures within facilities occupied by Police personnel and is in furtherance of the IGP’s infrastructural development drives which have so far led to the construction of over 198 projects including more than 120 modern police stations, barracks, and other vital police buildings around the country as part of efforts to ensure improved working conditions for more effective and efficient service delivery.’
NAOSNP can report that ‘The affected Barracks include the following:
Ijeh Police Barracks, Obalende
Highway Police Barracks, Ikeja
K9 Police Barracks, Keffi Street, South-West, Ikoyi
Falomo Police Barracks (A and B), Ikoyi
Bar Beach Police Barracks, Victoria Island
MOPOL 20 Barracks, Ikeja
Women Police Barracks, Obalende
MOPOL 2 Police Barracks, Keffi Street, South-West, Ikoyi
Mounted Troop, Ribadu Road, Ikoyi
Queen Barracks, Apapa
FPRO Annex Office and Barracks, Ijora Olopa
Iponrin Police Barracks, Surulere
Adekunle Police Barracks, Yaba
Federal Highway Patrol Office, Yaba
Alausa Police Barracks, Ikeja
Mounted Troop, Ikeja
Okesuna Police Barracks, Obalende
Mc Carthy Barracks, Obalende
Force Headquarters Annex, Obalende
Obalende Police Barracks, Obalende
Bourdillon Police Barracks, Ikoyi
New Staff Quarters,WELFARE
Elere Police Barracks, Agege
Onikan Officers Mess, Ikoyi
Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU), Milberton Street, Ikoyi.’
On the part of the Lagos State Government, Mrs. Toke Benson Awoyinka the Special Adviser to the Lagos on Housing said that her office had approached the Nigerian Police Force over the state of the Police barracks in Lagos state. ‘In 2020, there was a hearing held in Lagos and across Nigeria calling for reform and provision for Nigeria Police that their welfare and that of their children should be a priority to them. As a state, we are passionate about the welfare of our security personnel and we use this medium to call for social amenities to be put in place for the police officers and their children and face-lifting parade ground assuring the IGP that Gov. Babatunde Sanwo-Olu’s administration is part of the initiative.’
Further, the Special Adviser on E-GIS and Planning Matters to the Lagos State Governor, Dr. Olajide Abiodun Babatunde appreciated the Police Force for partnering with the Lagos State government to work hand-in-hand to rebuild 25 Police barracks across Lagos State. The Lagos State Government will facilitate all the planning work and the building approval and make sure the right thing is done, NAOSNP can report.
Speaking at the briefing, the AIG (Works) for Nigeria Police, AIG Rudolf Echebi Obe said the welfare of the police officers and men is very important to the Police management. Due to this, the Nigeria police Force went into partnership with the Lagos State Government to reconstruct the affected structures already marked for demolition across the state. ‘We are doing the needful to see that they affect the structure and are being rehabilitated. We’re using this briefing to sensitise the general public on the welfare reform that the police force is doing’, Rudolf said.
The Force PRO, Adejobi added: ‘Furthermore, the Inspector-General of Police has issued a directive that those living in these Barracks be issued a one-month notice to vacate their accommodation spaces. This directive will not be carried out all at once, but will be implemented gradually in phased stages to ensure that all officially recognized and lawful residents of the affected Barracks are properly catered for. The IGP’s directive is that all currently residing and legally seated residents of any of the affected Barracks will receive a maximum sum of money equaling the rental cost for the location of their Barracks for two years, to aid them in advance in acquiring alternative accommodation options throughout the period of reconstruction. Upon the successful curation and completion of these living arrangements, a formal notice to vacate will be issued.’
‘The Inspector-General of Police has provided an assurance that all officers who are on active service and living in these barracks legally, shall receive the keys to the new structures upon completion of the development of the
improved housing area.
The revolutionary drive of the Nigeria Police Force to redefine the physical
landscape and outdoor environment of Police Barracks and other facilities in Lagos State is a clear-cut effort to modernize the current facilities, as well as create a conducive environment for officers to carry out their duties and responsibilities with honour and self-esteem’, NAOSNP gathered.
‘Therefore, it is our earnest hope that the Inspector-General’s of Police modernization plan will be successful and laudable, as it will not only maximize the potential of Officers deployed within the Lagos State Police structure but will also add values to the State’s social, economic and environmental profile’, Adejobi concluded.