Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja
The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) has announced a new partnership agreement with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the German government for a comprehensive police reform initiative.
The pact was sealed at a meeting between the National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu with the UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria, Mohamed Yahya and the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Annett Gunther, in Abuja.
The agreement is expected to support the work of the Special Committee on Police Reform constituted by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu during the last National Police Council meeting.
During the meeting the NSA reiterated President Tinubu’s commitment to lead a comprehensive police reform process anchored on trust, human rights, rule of law and efficient public service.
A statement issued by the Head, Strategic Communication,
Office of the National Security Adviser, Zakari Mijinyawa, said the NSA acknowledged UNDP’s ongoing support for the modernisation of police training and extensive support to police reform in Nigeria.
Ribadu also conveyed to the German Ambassador Nigeria’s appreciation for Germany’s financial and technical support to police reform in Nigeria.
He said the partnership will build on UNDP’s support to police reform initiative in Nigeria and support Nigeria’s long term effort to build a professional police service.
In his remarks, the German Ambassador welcomed Nigeria’s decision to reform its police and assured the NSA of Germany’s commitment to this initiative.
On his part, the UNDP Resident Representative expressed the UNDP’s readiness to partner in delivering federal government’s police reform programme.