The House of Representatives has called for the auctioning of police barracks across the country to tackle the deplorable living conditions of officers.
The resolution followed the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance by Murphy Omoruyi (LP-Edo) during plenary in Abuja on Thursday.
Leading the debate, Mr Omoruyi said that one of the core issues of the Police Act was to address the living conditions of the nation’s gallant police officers.
The lawmaker said the problem of adequate and dignified accommodation for police officers persists, noting that police officers and their families lived in squalor characterised by large cracks on the wall, bat-infested houses, and leaking roofs among others.
PremiumTimes reported that the Lawmarker added that the nation’s police officers had been tagged as corrupt and this is not far-fetched from the lack of welfare services for them.
Adopting the motion, the House urged the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Police Affairs to liaise with the Bureau of Public Enterprise to assess the value of all federal-owned barracks across the country.