The Federal Government has approved a new salary structure for officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force.
However, the beleaguered security men will not enjoy the long-awaited salary review until 2008.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro, said this in Lagos on Wednesday when he paid a one-day official visit to the Lagos State Police Command.
Okiro said authorities of the police were still working out modalities and details of the new salary scale.
According to him, such information should not have been divulged like that, but "it is to encourage policemen" and make them know that the authorities were concerned about their well-being and were doing something about it.
Currently, a police constable takes home less than N10,000 monthly salary, while a superintendent of police earns about N40,000, excluding accommodation allowance.
The IG said the police had no ill feelings about the Federal Government's decision to invite the British Police to train their Nigerian counterparts.
He said the NPF was a product of the British Police and there was nothing wrong if a child went back to its mother.
Okiro agreed that the British Police "are needed to repackage, retrain and give the Nigerian policemen what it takes to combat crime in a modern world."
While inspecting police barracks in the state, the IG expressed concern over the decrepit state of some of the barracks.
The Elere Police Barracks in Agege and the Mobile Force Barracks beside the command headquarters in GRA Ikeja were the reference points.
Okiro urged the policemen to quickly relocate their family members from the collapsing buildings. He promised that the barracks would be rehabilitated within six months.
The IG, who was accompanied by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Command, Mr. Israel Ajao, and the Commissioner in charge of the state command, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, agreed that the policemen would only continue to serve the nation when they were alive.
Okiro appealed to landlords and other benevolent Lagosians to accommodate policemen in their houses, and regard such gestures as their contributions to the fight against criminality.