ASHENEWS reports that the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has launched an initiative to drive the promotion of climate-friendly solutions in its operations.
The force’s public relations officer ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday.
The project, tagged the Nigeria Police Green Initiative would see to the implementation of the Nigeria Police Emission Reduction Program, a program which is in line with the green revolution of the federal government.
Adejobi said that the initiative is 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.
“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.
“A key aspect of the Initiative is “Nigeria Police Emission Reduction Programme” which is aligned to the national and global direction in addressing climate change issues through emission reduction projects and lifestyle 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.”
Adejobi added that the project will also leverage environmentally sustainable waste and water management including solar boreholes, and waste-to-energy programs, thereby reducing operational costs, and creating jobs, and a cleaner environment.
He said that the NPF would, as part of the activities of the project provide Solar Power to communities to reduce security vulnerability and herder-farmer crisis.
This is in addition to plans to encourage citizens on the importance of preserving natural resources and reducing pollution.
“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, NPM, Ph.d., emphasizes 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.”
To see to the take-off and sustainability of the program, he said that the NPF was partnering with the United States Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.