The Police Service Commission has honored the National Commandant Peace Corps of Nigeria, Professor Dickson Akoh with a prestigious Award for Philanthropy.
The honour was bestowed on him at the 2023 Award Ceremony of the Commission to appreciate distinguished Nigerians who have shown remarkable commitments to the growth of the Nigeria Police.
In his keynote address, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, retired Inspector General of Police, Dr Solomon Arase, said the Award Ceremony was designed to identify and reward outstanding contributions to the overall development of the Nigeria Police. He revealed that he inherited a Commission that was in a state of mutual distrust and suspicion with the Nigeria Police Force. The conflict, he said, was so intense that it led to litigation, but was completely resolved under his watch, at the end of the day.
The former Inspector General and Chairman of the Commission, stressed his commitment to ensuring healthy and productive relationship between the Commission, the Nigeria Police and the citizenry, assuring sustained improvement in the Service of the Commission to the Nigeria Police and that of the Police to all Nigerians.
On his part, professor Dickson AKoh expressed his heartfelt appreciation to the Commission for recognizing his contributions, stating that he would never take that gesture for granted.
Adding that his selection by the Commission for the prestigious award is as a result of the humanitarian gestures he has been doing over the years, particularly in supporting the Nigeria Police. He said that the award has put to rest the long misconception about what he does in the area of providing security in the best way possible by the organisation which he founded over two decades ago, the Peace Corps of Nigeria which was founded to compliment the efforts of the already existing security agencies. He however noted that he has maintained a very cordial relationship with the Police.
Professor Akoh recounted some of his benevolent gestures to the Nigeria Police which includes and not limited to: the furnishing of the Office of the DPO of Otukpo Divisional Police Station in Benue State as far back as 2019, the purchase of communication gadgets for the Gwarinpa Divisional Police Station and Godab Estate Police outpost all in Abuja, the building of an Ultramodern Police Station in Ogboju and donation of operational van, building of another Police Station at Ogobia community, all in Benue State. Also he mentioned his annual end of year token for some Divisional Police Stations in the FCT and countless welfare packages for officers and men of the Nigeria Police across board. He asserted that he did all that as a result of his passion and goodwill for the Nigeria Police and the men of the Force, which he will continue to do so as to strengthen the cordial relationship as well as contribute his quota to the security architecture of the nation.
Delivering his special remarks, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Kayode Egbetokun, lauded the activities of the Police Service Commission, stating that as long as he remained the IGP, him and his team will continue to work harmoniously with the Police Service Commission to ensure that the Commission is taken to the highest level it was designed to attain. Adding that he would always remain willing and ready at all times to partner with the Commission towards ensuring a smooth relationship that is geared towards moving the Police Force as well as the commission forward.
Some top personalities that were honoured alongside Prof. Akoh with the Prestigious Award for philanthropy in the Police included; Prince (Engr.) Authur Eze, Aare Adetola Emmanuel-King, Sen. Philip Tanimu Aduda, JP, MFR, CON, – Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Ubah, CON, Mr Paul Odili, Sir (Dr.) Emeka Offor, Amb. (Dr.) Lawrence Oloche MON, and other outstanding Nigerians making the list.