The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) has commended Nigeria’s continued commitment to its peacekeeping operations in countries affected by conflicts.
Mr Herve Ladsous, the Head of the global body peacekeeping operations, said this when he received the Inspector- General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, who was on working visit at the UN Headquarters in York.
The UN Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria occupies the fifth position as the largest Troop Contributing Country after Ethiopia.
Ladsous also appreciated the position of Nigeria for providing personnel and equipment for its peacekeepers to boost their operations.
The duo later went into a closed-door meeting where the challenges facing peacekeepers globally were discussed.
Abubakar also met the Assistant Secretary-General, Office of Rule of Law and Security Institution (ORLSI), the UN under- Secretary, Department of Field Support and Amb. Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Sudan to the UN.
Speaking in an interview with NAN after their meeting, Abubakar described the deliberations as “very fruitful’’, noting that presently the Nigerian Police was contributing about 4, 000 officers to most peacekeeping operations all over the world
“We are in Liberia, Sudan, Haiti, Mali and in several other places. They are are some challenges that we have both locally and we are looking at the possibility of taking care of these challenges.
“In Nigeria under this present administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, we have done very well in ensuring that we created a Regional Training Centre for the West African Police Forces.’’
He said that the centre would make it possible for police officers within the African region to learn about international peacekeeping operations, stressing that Nigeria had the experience and expertise and the technical know-how.
The IGP also disclosed that irregular payment or delay in payment of allowances and salaries of peacekeepers was a thing of the past, adding that he met a messy situation when he assumed office.
”It is my believe that except you give the best to your troops, they can’t be able to protect themselves and they can’t be able to protect those who they are there to protect,’’ Abubakar said.
He said that the security challenges bedevilling the country were surmountable, including the issues of insurgence of Boko Haram.
“The issues have been taken care of as much as humanly possible and major arrests have been made. Major causalities of these intruders had been made and we are making much progress in terms of terror attacks.
“We don’t hear about bombs, we don’t hear of most of the killings because operationally our men are on the ground to be able to take care of situations that they supposed to take care of”.
Abubakar stated that the meeting discussed issues on how to secure the support of the UN and EU in terms of equipment to the Nigeria Police. (NAN).
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