I-G urges police officers to be change agents

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By Moses Omorogieva

The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Kayode Egbetokun, has enjoined the officers and men of the force to be agents of change in their respective positions.

Egbetokun made the call on Wednesday in Lagos, while inaugurating the Mopol 2 Administrative Building named after him in Ikoyi Lagos.

The I-G represented by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2, AIG Ali Mohammed-Ari, said the construction of the building by the Commander of Mopol 2, ACP Matthew Obiuwevbi, was a great value added to the force.

Egbetokun said the project came at the right time, stressing that the building was an indication of an officer with a foresight.

“We are talking about what you can do to transform the NPF, I want to say that the building came at a very good time and inaugurating the project today is apt and gladdens my heart.

“This show clearly the difference between people that I considered with foresight and those that I considered as greedy and of course, not having a good sight.

“There are some of us that find it difficult to bring out one Naira from our pockets and to do anything that would add value to wherever they are,” he noted.

According to him, Obiuwevbi will be admired and celebrated because of the great project.

“With this building, he has written his name is the Guinness Book of the Force. Whether he is here, or transfered, or retired, those yet unborn that will join the Force in future, will see his name on the plaque.

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“He has added value to his name, family, community, state and the Force.

“The inauguration of this project today is a wake up call for all of us that anytime we find ourselves in position, we should add value. The project is good enough to advertise,” he said.

Earlier speaking, Obiuwevbi said he decided to carry out the project with his officers and men with a view to have better office for all his men.

Obiuwevbi noted that the old building the Squadron shared with Mopol 23, was not big enough and cannot  accommodate over 50 officers and men under him.

He noted that some of the officers used to stay under the trees when not on assignment.

He said the new building constructed under 18 months with contributions by people of goodwill, has 10 offices, transit camp, conference room and administrative department.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that retired DIG Taiwo Lakanu, senior military officers from the Army, Navy and Air force were amongst the dignitaries in attendance at the event. (NAN) www.nannews.ng

Edited by Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma

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