The senate has agreed to the renaming of one of Nigerian security outfits, the Nigerian Police Force, to simply the Nigerian Police.
The decision, which was reached on Wednesday after a total of 87 lawmakers voted for the change of name, is part of the recommendations in the 29 bills approved by the Senate in the ongoing Constitution amendment process.
Several stakeholders in the security sector have claimed that if the word “force” is removed from the Nigerian Police, it will better drive home the reality that the police is really “your friend” especially because friends don’t need force, like the military, in relating with fellow friends.
Speaking on the development, the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, commended his colleagues for a job well done, adding that the senate has laid the foundation for a new and better Nigeria by approving the 29 bills in the ongoing Constitution amendment process.
“I want to thank all our colleagues. I want to really commend and appreciate the efforts of our Deputy Senate President and all members of the Constitution Review Committee.
“By these 29 Bills, Distinguished Senators, I will say that we have laid a new foundation for a new Nigeria that will be more committed, create opportunities for our young people and place us firmly among the nations of the world that are really prepared for the years ahead.
“What we have done today definitely is to lay the foundation for a far-reaching reform of our political, economic and social development.
“To be part of that history is a great honour for all of us and I want to thank you, my colleagues. May God Almighty bless Nigeria,” he said.