August 14, 2003
Posted to the web August 14, 2003
Yusha'u Adamu Ibrahim
About three thousand (3,000) police officers and
men from across the nation have been discovered to be living with HIV/AIDs.
Mr. Paul Okwuhie disclosed this while presenting a
paper at zonal launching ceremony for the HIV/AIDs preventation and
control organised by Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity and
outline by sector Action Committee, zone one command, Kano.
Mr. Paul said that the deadly disease which
emerged in Nigeria in 1986 has now covered the nation warning of the
officers and men of the force to protect themselves.
He said that according to the recent statistic,
the north-central part of Nigeria has recorded 6.7 percent south-south 8
percent, and south east 5.8 percent.
Other parts of the country he added recorded 6
percent to north-east 4 people out of every 100 in south west while
north-west recorded only 3.3 percent.
Mr. Paul further explained that the statistics has
also shown that about 4 million people in Nigeria are now victims of the
HIV/AIDs the disease which he said was 80 percent carried through sexual
He therefore urged police officers and men to
desist from all acts capable of leading to sex calling on them also to
educate their children on the danger of HIV/AIDS disease.
Speaking also at the occasion, the Assistant
Inspector General Zone one, Kano, Sir K.Z. Dudari has also advised
officers and men of the police force in the zone to secure themselves
Sir, Dudari who also urged them to channel the
experience gained at the occasion to those absent told them that the aim
of the campaign was to eradicate HIV/AIDS in the ministry of police
On his part, the sector action committee leader,
Mr. G.O. Aboola appealed to the federal government to expedite action on
the HIV/AIDs campaign in Nigeria. Saying that the increase of the deadly
disease was in high spread in Nigeria.
He also called on police affairs ministry to
ensure the substance of the programme appealing also to police officers
and men to fully cooperate for the success of the programme.