Police Funding: I-G Seeks Quick Passage Of Police Trust Fund Bill

The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Solomon Arase, has called for the immediate passage of the Bill on Police Trust Fund pending before the National Assembly to ensure adequate funding of the Nigeria Police for operational efficiency.

Arase, who made the call in Abuja on Monday at a national security conference, said it was only through adequate funding that the huge logistic demand of the police can be met through public-police partnership.

The Street Journal reports that the bill seeks to tax corporate entities to complement the Federal Government in funding the police.

The theme of the conference is: Community Partnership Approach to Internal Security and Crime Management organised by Police and Sun newspapers, in Abuja.

According to Arase, the bill when passed, will address the funding challenges of the police on a sustainable basis.

He said the security challenges in the country and inadequate manpower would be best addressed through citizens-driven policing model.

“This model will address the manpower deficiency challenge in the Nigeria Police as every citizen plays the role of police officer”, he said.

The I-G noted that modern policing was a cost-intensive venture of which the benefits far outweigh the value of budgetary investment.

“Through effective funding, the welfare needs of police personnel will be met and the challenge of corruption that has eroded professionalism and public respect for police will be addressed”, he said.

Arase maintained that if passed, the funding challenges of the police would have been addressed on a sustainable basis, adding that the security challenges in the country and inadequate manpower would be best addressed through citizens-driven policing model.

“This model will address the manpower deficiency challenge in the Nigeria Police as every citizen plays the role of police officer”, he said.

Also speaking, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, in a keynote address, advised President Muhammadu Buhari to prosecute all those found guilty of corruption.

He called on the police and other security agencies to join in the crusade against corruption, adding that the police needed to be repositioned for the 21st-century and to have their welfare reviewed.

According to him, traditional rulers had played vital roles in maintaining security in their various communities and urged all Nigerians to close ranks with the police to ensure adequate security in the country.

“All found culpable of corruption should not only forfeit their assets but should go to jail. We are 100 per cent in support of your fight against corruption in the country,’’ he said.

Mr Mike Okiro, Chairman of the Police Service Commission, in his remark, said Nigerians were yearning for solutions to the security challenges in the country.

Okiro, a former I-G, urged the conference participants to come up with suggestions to address the challenges.

The highpoint of the conference, which was attended by traditional rulers, members of civil society organisations and security experts, was the unveiling of a security handbook by President Buhari, entitled: A Guide to Personal Security.

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