Reps Wants Additional Fund For Police In 2021 Budget

Joseph Bakare

The House Committee on Police Affairs says additional fund is required to boost Police activities in 2021.

As a result the Committee said that N449 billion 2021 budget operations for the Nigerian Police is grossly inadequate.

Rep. Mohammed Kumo, chairman of the committee, said this during budget defence by the Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mohammed Adamu, on Tuesday, November 10, in Abuja.

He said that it was open knowledge that the Nigerian Police were underfunded, adding that the N449 billion proposal for 2021 operations was unacceptable.

He called on the Federal Government to immediately increase funding; while assuring the Police that at the end of the budget defence their budget would be increased

“The Speaker of the House of Representatives and his Deputy had asked me to tell you that you should submit names of officers who died during the #EndSARS protests across the country,” he said.

He said that President Muhammadu Buhari was committed to the reform; noting that some laws regarding the police would have to be repealed to allow for total overhauling and reform.

The chairman said that there was a need to understand what brought about decay in the sector; stressing that the President’s order on the new salary structure should be commended.

The I-G, however, said that the Nigerian Police would always operate on accountability and transparency.

He said that the problems were, but not limited to lack of funding; unanticipated crisis; #EndSARS protest which led to the destruction of some police stations; and equipment among others.

Adamu said that N469 billion was initially proposed for the 2021 budget operations; but was reviewed to N449 billion by the Budget office.

According to him, the implication is that under an ideal situation, the amount reduced cannot meet with policing of the country; fuelling cars across the country alone will take N24.8 billion not to talk of others.

He said that the primary role in ensuring thorough policing of the country was being threatened.

Also, the Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Mohammad Dingyadi, said that in line with the committee’s request; necessary amendments were done to the budget to ensure perfect understanding.

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