OrderPaperToday – The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) appealed to the National Assembly to prevail on the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning to remove it from the envelope budgetary system.

The NPF also urged the Finance Ministry to provide adequate funds to fight banditry, terrorism, kidnapping and other forms of criminality currently bedeviling the nation.

These and other prayers were contained in the presentation made by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba, last Wednesday when he appeared before the Joint Committee of the National Assembly chaired by Haliru Dauda Fika, Jika (Senate) and co-Chairman Usman Bello Komo.

According to him, “There is need to remove the Nigeria Police from the envelope budgetary system to enable the Force properly project its funding requirements for budgetary appropriation, operational planning and optimal service delivery. 

Also, he requested for approval of “adequate funds for the newly established Special Operations Account of the Force. It is to enable the Nigeria Police effectively and promptly respond to unanticipated national security emergencies. And also to support on-going special operations across the country Deploy their legislative instrumentality to make a strong case for the prompt and full release of funds appropriated to the Nigeria Police in the 2022 budget.”

Furthermore, Baba sought approval and allocation of “funds under the 2022 Budget for the Zonal Police Headquarters that were recently approved by Mr. President. But the Zonal Police Headquarters was yet to fully commence operations due to budgetary challenges. These include Zone 13 Headquarters, Ukpo-Dunukofia, Awka-Anambra State; Zone 14 Headquarters, Katsina; Zone 15 Headquarters, Maidugun; one 16 Headquarters, Yenegoa and Zone 17 Headquarters, Akure. 

“Approve and allocate funds for the operations of the Nigeria Police Special Operational and Tactical Units including the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Special Forces (SF), and Special Tactical Squads (STS) with a view to enhancing their critical internal security operations.”

Similarly, he sought for the deployment of “legislative instrument to approve a self-accounting status for Nigeria Police Training Institutions and Colleges in order to effectively position them for their human capacity development functions in furtherance to the long-term reform agenda of the Federal Government.”

On his part, the co-Chairman of the Joint Committee assured that the 9th National Assembly would support the Nigeria Police Force to achieve its constitutional mandate through adequate budgetary allocation and optimal Performance.

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