By Augustine Ehikioya
Towards a crime free society, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Dr. Solomon Arase, retired Inspector General of Police, has called for robust partnership between the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, RTEAN and the Nigeria Police Force to assist the fight and contain criminality across the country.
He made the call on Thursday, September 7th 2023 when received the national leadership of the RTEAN.
Dr. Arase said the Association is a strategic partner in the fight against crime and criminality in the country.
A statement by the Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA) has disclosed.
Dr. Arase, it said, noted that the Nigeria Police Force will be willing and ready to “partner the association especially taking into cognisance the role they play in the movement of goods, services and persons in the country.”
The PSC Chairman said the Police will need vital information from Members of the Association as they encounter Nigerians across the length and breadth of the country.
He commended them for the assistance they give to the Police during elections and called for an improved and strategic partnership that will be enduring and productive.
He also commended the Association for giving timely information to the Police on activities of criminals.
The PSC Chairman said this is the time for all stakeholders to come together to rescue the Nation from the hands of bandits.
Speaking earlier, the Executive National Chairman of the Association, Dr. Musa Mohammed (Maitakobi) who was represented by the National Vice President Administration, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar Bishara said the Association was impressed by the numerous initiatives and Reforms undertaken by the Commission under Dr. Arase’s watch to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the Police Force.
“The progress made in areas such as community policing, training and development and technological advancements is truly remarkable and a testament to the Commission’s commitment to continuous improvement as well as the measures taken to bring reform and sanity in the Nigeria Police both in recruitment and in service” he noted.
Alhaji Bishara said the Association felt inspired and motivated to contribute to the betterment of law enforcement practices as its Constitution says ” we should liaise with the law enforcement agencies in discharging our duties”.
According to him, the Association greatly appreciate the opportunity to learn from the best practices implemented by the Commission and “we look forward to incorporating these insights in our work”
He said the Association will remain committed to supporting the Commission’s endeavours and look forward to future collaborations especially in the area of recruitment “of our unemployed youths who are capable of contributing their quota in Nigeria as well as to have a well coordinated security activities between the Nigeria Police and RTEAN Marshal which is presently liaising with Nigerian Police in information sharing in the motor parks and bus stop “.
The Deputy President of the Association urged the Commission to build more on artificial intelligence to curtail the insecurity facing the country.