OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has said that it will interface with the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, and the Finance Minister to ascertain reasons for the delay in the implementation of the 20 percent increase in salary approved for the force.
Others stakeholders expected at the interface includes the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC), and the Accountant-General of the Federation.
The development follows a recent protest by some men of the Police Force where they threatened to embark on a nationwide strike due to a poor remuneration package.
Chairman of the House Committee on Police Affairs, Usman Bello Kumo (APC, Gombe) on Tuesday, called for the interface in Abuja while at a public hearing on three related bills.
The proposed legislations are ‘Bill for an Act to amend the Nigeria Police Act 2020 to regulate the powers of the police to promote effective collaboration between the police and other security agencies and to provide for the operational framework for community policing in Nigeria.’
The others are ‘Bill for an Act to amend the Firearms Act (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004) to increase the fines, provide for strict prison terms and licensing fees; as well as Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of Nigeria Police Intelligence Institute.’
The lawmaker lamented the non-implementation of the approved remuneration despite the increase of the Police Force Budget for 2022 by about N10 billion as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He stressed that the Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are supposed to be taken care of adequately, especially now that a transition of government is under way.
According to him, the federal government need to do more in the funding of the Nigeria Police Force.
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Earlier in his remarks, Kumo pleaded with all concerned security agencies present to put in their wealth of experience in proffering solutions to the deteriorating state of security in the country.
He assured that after collating the input at the hearing, the House will be fair in dealing with the report on the bills.
Declaring the hearing open, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila assured that the House will do everything within its ambit to pass the law in order to address security challenges in the country.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and other key stakeholders represented at the hearing, said they aligned with the National Assembly in the amendment of the firearms Act and other concerned bills being proposed.