By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Facilities at the 38’years old Police Training School, (PTS), in Minna, Niger State are not only decaying but are decayed and the school is a mere skeleton of it’s erstwhile glorious days.
The school was established in 1979 to train Police recruits. For years, the facilities at the school have not been rehabilitated. Over the last few years, the school has not made new recruitments.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state, during a visit to the school, expressed dismay at the level of rot in the facilities and structures at the school and promised to assist even though the place falls under the jurisdiction of the federal government and the authorities of the Nigeria Police.
Prompted by the state’s Commissioner for Police to pay a visit to the school, Governor Bello while inspecting the decaying facilities at the school, said the structures at the school needed complete overhaul.
Shocked by the level of dilapidation of the infrastructure at the school, the Governor expressed worry over the bad shape of the 39 year old training facility and wondered why the school was allowed to rot away over the years without any intervention.
He reiterated his administration’s commitment to provide necessary support to the security agencies in the state to enable them carry out their responsibilities squarely.
He said the state government will support the Nigerian Police to correct some of the rots in the structures and facilities at the school. “The infrastructure needs a serious renovation” the Governor said.
The Governor said though the state was grappling with lots of financial challenges, ”i cannot allow some of the structures i saw today to remain the way they are. The state government will support and partner with the Police to rectify some of the rots” he assured.
Almost all the structures at the school are begging for repairs and replacement. The hostels, the offices and other structures are in bad shapes. Governor Bello said almost everything was bad.
In lamenting the state of the school, Bello said ”i have seen only few new structures that are manageable here” he said.The Governor, as a first step, directed the state’s Rural Water and Sanitation Agency, (RUWANSAN) to provide the school with a motorised borehole and an overhead tank to provide potable water to the Police recruits at the school.
Commandant of the school, Isaac Baba while conducting the Governor round the school, attributed the stoppage of recruitment of Police recruits at the school due to the bad state of the facilities at the school.
Commissioner of Police in the state, Austin Agbonlahor who conducted the Governor round the school, commended the Governor for the visit.
He saluted the commitment of the state government to assist the school. He said the Governor had by his pledge to partner with the Police in reversing the ugly state of infrastructure and lack of amenities at the school, had engraved his name on history book for posterity.