The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi has urged the federal government to increase the salaries and wages of security operatives in the country.
The Monarch submitted that a motivated security operative will be in a better position to do his/her job and protect other citizens.
The Oluwo added that the security operatives face a lot of risks and hazards in the course of carrying out their daily activities and shouldn’t be denied adequate compensation so they can focus on their job.
He added that good compensation will also reduce cases of bribery and corruption among security operatives.
The traditional ruler made the call in a statement yesterday through his press secretary, Alli Ibraheem noting that this will increase efficiency and performance among security operatives.
“When there’s a security threat to an environment or community, we call on security men with a single life like us to stand in and calm palpable tension. “When robbers rob, the security men will mobilize to protect lives and resources. Many officers have been victims. They do delicate assignments and deserve to be encouraged with full security job. They’re everywhere to checkmate crimes and criminals.
“The federal government of Nigeria should legislate on increment of monthly pays of security officers. Such will not only strengthen efficiency, but also discourage bribery and corruption in the security organs of Nigeria.
“Security jobs are envy of many in some developed countries. Officers use the best cars and own the best houses. Motivating pay is a factor. It boosts their moral, discourages bribery and improve efficiency,” he noted.
Meanwhile, Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, on Tuesday, backed the House of Representatives’ quest to amend the 1999 Constitution to allow the creation of state police.
Naija News earlier reported that the lawmakers approved a bill seeking to amend the 1999 Constitution to allow the creation of state police and legalize regional security outfits.
The bill will decentralize the current police system by moving police from the Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent List.
Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary, Onofiok Luke, who sponsored the bill, said in the explanatory note that the bill seeks to alter the Constitution “to provide for state police and other state government security services to enhance security and preservation of lives and properties in Nigeria”.