President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to see to the renovation of barracks across Nigeria.
Jonathan made this declaration at the commissioning of the ‘Goodluck Jonathan Police Housing Estate,’ at the Pipeline Road, Idimu area of Lagos State.
The President, who was flagged by services chiefs, stressed that the conditions of the barracks in Nigeria, not just those of the police but other forces, were not the best.
According to him, he was going to look into the conditions of the barracks, with the aim of renovating and making them decent for habitation of those serving the nation.
He added: “What we did at the Police College Ikeja would be replicated in other areas.
“We’ll look into renovation of all barracks.
“Men and women serving this nation deserve to live in decent environments.”
Speaking on the 200 units of the three bedroom flats, which he came to commission, Jonathan enthused that this was the first time in recent history that such lofty feat had been achieved by Nigeria Police Force initiative.
He opined that the construction of the houses was an outcome of Public Private Partnership.
He added: “I encourage other government sectors to partner with private sector. I shall also look into Federal Government mortgage banks with a view to restructure them, in order to meet the needs of the people.
“Sustained growth can only be achieved at an atmosphere of peace.”
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, intoned that the housing estate was his noble effort towards provision of shelter for policemen.
Abubakar, who revealed that other similar projects were going on in other states, appealed to Jonathan to assist in the building of more barracks for policemen.