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1st Lady hails IGP on gender-friendly policing as NPF unveils gender policy

The Wife of the President, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, has lauded the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, on gender-friendly policies of the NIgeria Police Force (NPF) under him.

Senator Tinubu gave the accolade, Tuesday, at the International Association of Women Police (IAMP) African Regional Training Conference at the Nigeria Police Resource Centre, Abuja.

Blueprint reports that nominees to the training include 520 delegates from over 18 African countries including Nigeria, Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Liberia, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Niger, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Congo.

The conference is aimed at training female police officers and other security and law enforcement officers as well as equipping them with the knowledge and skills for battling crimes and security threats in a modern and evolving society, most especially at their various regions on the African continent. 

The 1st Lady, who was the special guest of honour and  represented by the Wife of the Minister for Works, Racheal Umahi, made case for the integration of gender perspective into security policies.

While encouraging more women to join the police and armed forces and advance in ranks, she stress the need for education and training programmes to include gender sensitivity and awareness among security personnel.

The 1st Lady highlighted the need to eliminate gender violence within security forces and empowerment of women through projects like the Renewed Hope Initiatives.

On his part, the Chief Host of the conference with the theme: “Addressing Africa’s Security Challenges and Safety through Collaboration and Inclusivity”, IGP Egbetokun reassured of the commitment of the police management team to gender inclusivity at all levels. 

As part of his vision of reform policies for the Force, Egbetokun, alongside other dignitaries, launched the new NPF Gender Policy which would ensure gender sensitivity and inclusivity in the policy and operations of the Force.

The IGP event also featured the launch of the Nigeria Defence Grnder Magazine.

Dignitaries at the event include former Vice President of Liberia, United Nations Representatives, Minister of State Police Affairs, Minister of State for the FCT, Chairman Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Chairman House Committee on Police Institutions, and among other strategic stakeholders.

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