Challenges and Prospects of Policing (Edo State, Nigeria in Perspective)
Edo State is an inland state in central southern Nigeria. Its capital is Benin City. It is bounded in the north and east by Kogi State, in the south by Delta State and in the west by Ondo State. Edo State was formed on August 27, 1991 when Bendel State was split into Edo and Delta States.The major first languages spoken in the state are Etsako, Edo, Esan and Owan, Akoko Edo,Okpameri language and the Ijaw languages. Edo State is home to several ethnicity, among them the Bini, Esan, Afemai and Ijaw. Population in excess of 4million (2005 census). http://www.edostate.gov.ng/facts.php
Although the Edo State Government has been doing a lot to improve the delivery capability of the Force, there are still some areas demanding serious attention, which now constitute constraints militating against the efficient and effective crime prevention efforts of the force in the state, as highlighted below: a) Inadequate arms and ammunition and riot control equipment for distribution to formations throughout the state; b) Inadequate communication equipment, like telephones, radio, hand-sets for use especially by field operatives; c) Manpower shortage;
d) Lack of serviceable information and technological equipment to cover all the areas of the state; e) Inadequate funding of all sections of the Force;
f) Inadequate workshop equipment and tools at the transport and communication departments; g) Inadequate logistic support and infrastructure such as vehicles, motor-cycles, office equipment like computer accessories, stationery, etc. Prospects:
Equipment Funding: Government should steadily increase logistic funding, so that the Police can work towards attaining the standard patrol practice of developed countries, of two police officers per patrol vehicle, or a police officer to a patrol vehicle. Pro-activity: For effective discharge of police’s primary task of crime control, there is need...
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