President Irfaan Ali has announced that his Government will work on a special housing programme to enhance the lives of all police. He was at the time delivering remarks at the Annual Police Commissioner’s Breakfast, which was held yesterday at the Officers Mess, Eve Leary.
“Part of our programme to ensure we enhance the welfare of not only the senior officers, but all ranks, is to ensure that we work on a special housing programme that will not only see ranks having access to house lots, but to ensure that we help them to qualify so that they can get loans and grants to build their homes. These are important things that add to performance, that adds to job satisfaction.”
The Head of State noted that capacity building in the force is integral so that members are equipped to benefit from all of the opportunities to come.
More importantly, the Head of State said that the institutional mechanism will be strengthened, given the high risk nature of their jobs, ranks will have the confidence in executing their duties knowing that their families will be taken care of and looked after.
“This is critical to job satisfaction… you will have confidence in yourself in going out there, knowing that there is a system that backs you up,” he said.
He reminded them that they, along with all men and women in uniform, will also benefit from two weeks of tax-free bonus before the end of the year.
“We have announced this and of course you will benefit from this before the end of the year. We have also announced many initiatives that you are benefiting from in the COVID relief aspect of things .But we’re also looking at additional support that can enhance your welfare and improve your living conditions. As I said when I started, I assure you, your life will be better off, year after year over the next five years,” he said.
The president also made a similar announcement last month to the military. He disclosed that the government will work fervently to upgrade the living standards of members of the military with a proposed new housing programme which should commence next year.