Senate backs separate budget for state police commands

 Senate backs separate budget for state police commands

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday, said the National Assembly was committed to granting adequate funding support required by the Nigeria Police Force.

Lawan stated this when the Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Adamu, led the management team of the Force Headquarters to pay him a courtesy visit in his office.

He noted that the idea of separate budgetary provisions for state police commands would help in addressing security challenges in the country.

The Senate President assured Adamu of the early passage of the Police Reform Bill, Police Academy Bill and facilitating the smooth implementation of the Police Trust Fund to create more responsive and efficient police force.

Lawan said, “The police needs to be restructured, including the separate appropriations being canvassed for the state police commands by the Inspector General of Police.

“I can assure you that the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, when constituted, will work with your management on the separate funding for the state police commands.

“This is necessary because we want you to spend your resources prudently and economically. We want you to always display efficiency on your duties and we will always give you support.”

He added, “Separate budgetary provision for the state police commands different from the Force Headquarters is a good idea.

“The current style (of lumped budget) is not giving the deserved result.”

Lawan added that adequate funding and performance of the police would boost the nation’s security and that the passage of their pending bills would be fast-tracked.

He said, “The Police Reform Bill, when passed, will assist the police on better funding.

“The Police Academy Bill will also be given consideration because we want to see officers and men of the Police Force that are trained and re-trained.”

Earlier, the IG requested the support of the Senate for better funding of the police, including separate budgetary provisions for the state police commands so as to improve on the security situation in the country.

Adamu also asked for the quick passage of the Police Reform Bill and the Police Academy Bill which he stressed would enhance the performance of the Force

Ayomide Oyewole

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