By Yemi Akinsuyi in Abuja
Former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Gambo-Jimeta, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to come up with a concrete marshall plan to salvage the nation’s police colleges from decay.
Gambo-Jimeta made the call yesterday during a chat with journalists, where he lamented that neglect by successive administrations had resulted into the deplorable condition of most of the country’s police colleges as well as other government institutions.
Reacting to Friday’s visit to the Police College in Ikeja, Lagos, by the President, following a documentary on the college by Channels Television, the former National Security Adviser (NSA) said the visit portrayed Jonathan as a responsive President who sees wrongs and corrects them.
“My joy knew no bounds when I saw the President himself at the Police College after Channels Television had shown the decrepit and most horrible situation in that premier training institution for our police officers and men.
“Mr. President’s prompt response by going there could only come from a very decent heart that requires the type of change this country wants.
“When Channels Television showed us the footage of that video, that was two nights before the President’s visit, I was so depressed because this was the institution I had attended from 1958 to 1960 and was one of the best on the entire African continent.
“So when I saw it in the manner Channels Television had exposed it, I was terribly devastated. “I thought how could this happen to any of the government institutions of this country that has been given a budget, that is supposed to be under the supervision of one area or the other, and still be allowed to be in the state that we were shown?
“Then I also remembered a similar thing we saw about the National Stadium in Abuja, one of the best in the world. We just woke up to see the type of neglect and rubbish that it had turned out to be.
“So Mr. President exonerated himself as a person who, because when he sees anything wrong, he will do everything in his power to correct it. I hope he will do everything within his power to launch a marshall plan to retrieve that institution and similar institutions that have been neglected throughout the country,” he said.
Gambo-Jimeta urged the President to identify all the officials responsible for the ugly situation at the Police Colleges with a view to bringing them to book