Glo, police seal crime busting partnership
By Lukas Ajanaku, Lagos, Nigeria
As Nigeria confronts an unprecedented security challenge in her over five decades independence history, Nigerian operator Globacom has entered a partnership with the Nigeria Police Force, to provide seamless and effective telephone connection to officers and men of the force, geared at enhancing their crime fighting capabilities.
This project, titled FORCECOM 700, will see Globacom providing an initial 10,000 connections on a Closed User Group (CUG) platform covering the entire force nationally.
The CUG provides for members of the group to call one another free of charge while paying minimally for calls out side the CUG. The facility will also be extended to family members of the policemen.
During the signing of the agreement at the Mike Adenuga Towers headquarters of Globacom, the Head of the Public Sector Department of Globacom, Tunde Amunikoro, explained that the project was painstakingly designed to make life easier for families of policemen across the country.
“We have considered the rate at which officers of the Nigerian Police Force are transferred round the country leaving their families behind at various commands. This scheme will certainly reduce the gap of communication while on such postings,” he said.
Throwing more light on the quality of the package, Amunikoro said that Glo had built in excess capacity to accommodate the communication demands of the force and had injected several soft and highly competitive conditions into this scheme to reduce the effect of the subsidy removal and improve the wellbeing of the men of the Nigerian Police Force and their families.
Representing the Lagos state Commissioner of Police, Deputy Police Commissioner Titi Busari emphasised the importance of communication to crime fighting, saying that the availability of effective and seamless mobile connection will ensure that the police are always steps ahead of the criminals, unlike during the pre-GSM era when robbers got away because policemen could not communicate and coordinate their activities.
Also speaking at the signing ceremony, the chairman of Eaglemark Nigeria Limited, who acted as consultants to the scheme, Rtd Assistant Inspector general of Police, Steven Oyewumi, commended Glo and the Police Force for having the foresight and initiative to broker the partnership.