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‘It will enhance performance’ — group backs bill to raise retirement age of police officers

The National Democratic Front (NDF), a civil society organisation (CSO), says the bill seeking to raise the retirement age of members of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) will enhance the performance of personnel.

The bill, which proposes to raise the retirement age of police personnel from 60 to 65 and from 35 to 40 years in service, scaled second reading at the house of representatives in May.

The bill is sponsored by Tajudeen Abbas, speaker of the house representatives, and Abubakar Yalleman, who chairs the committee on police.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Abdulkadir Musa, the group’s secretary-general, commended Abbas and Yalleman for sponsoring the bill.

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The group said the bill will promote a robust, responsive, and people-friendly policing system.

“This amendment bill, which seeks to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Nigerian Police Force, is a significant milestone in the quest for a more robust, responsive, and people-friendly policing system in Nigeria,” the statement reads.

“The bill’s provisions, which include the extension of police officers’ retirement age and service years, will undoubtedly lead to improved morale, retention of experienced personnel, and enhanced overall performance of the Force.

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“We commend the Speaker and Yalleman for their demonstrated commitment to security sector reform and their responsiveness to the yearnings of Nigerians for a more effective and accountable police force.

“This is a testament to their dedication to entrenching a culture of excellence, professionalism, and service delivery in our security agencies.”

The group asked the senate to also consider the bill and pass it “without delay”.

The NDF said when passed into law, the bill will “significantly contribute to the improvement of security and safety in Nigeria”.

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