Police Launches Green Initiative For Enhanced Security Operations, Socio-Economic And Environmental Impact
…….. Promotes Emission Reduction Programme, Renewable Energy Source
The Nigeria Police Force recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a Green Initiative known as the Nigeria Police Green Initiative aimed at engaging green innovative solutions to boost the operational efficiency and capacity of the NPF to fight crime and maintain law and order in Nigeria.
A statement on Monday 20th November 2023 signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said that the Initiative further supports the socio-economic development of the nation, environmental sustainability, climate change, as well as supporting the lives and livelihoods of the members of the Nigeria Police Force and their families.
According to Adejobi, a key aspect of the Initiative is the “Nigeria Police Emission Reduction Programme” which is aligned to the national and global direction in addressing climate change issues through emission reduction projects and lifestyles to be adopted by all Police Officers to create awareness for responsible production and consumption across sectors including renewable energy source for lighting applications such as solar lighting across the Police Stations, Police Colleges, Police Barracks, Police Outpost and Communities in alignment with the transition to low-carbon climate-resilient development.
Additionally, the initiative aims at promoting eco-friendly transportation methods within the Police Force. This includes transitioning to electric vehicles and gas conversion vehicles thus reducing premium motor spirits (PMS) consumption and air pollution while increasing efficiency and promoting a healthier lifestyle among police personnel and the community. The Initiative will also leverage environmentally sustainable waste and water management including solar boreholes, and waste-to-energy programmes, thereby reducing operational costs, creating jobs, and a cleaner environment.
The NPF is also going beyond our immediate environment by lighting up Communities with Solar Power to reduce security vulnerability and herder-farmer crisis, conducting outreach programs to educate citizens on the importance of preserving natural resources, reducing pollution, and engaging in sustainable practices, thereby effectively managing natural resource-induced conflicts such as the herder-farmer conflicts.
The Nigeria Police is leading by example by recognizing the need for government agencies and the private sector to take proactive measures in aligning Climate Action with law enforcement and security issues. We have identified major primary stakeholders such as the United States Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, who will work with us in the take-off and sustainability of this great green initiative.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun emphasized that the Nigeria Police Green Initiative could not have come at a better time, as the world currently prepares for the Twenty-eighth session of the Conference of Parties (COP28) on Climate Change coming up in Dubai from 30th November to 12th December 2023.
He assures that at COP28, Nigeria will rank among the nations where government institutions are leading by example on climate change issues as the Nigeria Police Green Initiative is a testament to the determination of the Nigeria Police Force to add tremendous value to the Federal Government while performing its core law enforcement responsibilities.