11 November 2020 by Aisha Adesanya
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu has called on the House of Representatives to increase the annual budget of the Nigerian Police Force to enable it tackle crimes in the Country.
He made the appeal at the 2021 budget defence of the Nigeria Police Force before the House Committee on Police Affairs at the National Assembly.
The IGP who noted that the enormous security challenges bedevilling the nation required adequate funding said the current Police management is determined to provide the desired security for the nation.
Mohammed Adamu, also informed the lawmakers that the Force as the primary security agency in the nation is facing enormous financial challenges which hindered performance.
While presenting the N18.4 billion budget of the security agency to the committee, he said a major target of the budget is the training and retraining of personnel and logistics.
He added that the N11billion capital component of the budget is grossly inadequate to address the logistics requirements of the force.
The Chairman of the Committee, Alhaji Bello Kumo also acknowledged that there is no way the Police Force can be effective with a paltry N11billion budget for twelve calender months.
He however assured the IGP and his team that the committee would ensure proper funding of the Nigeria Police Force for enhanced service delivery.
The lawmaker also asked the IGP to submit the names of slain personnel of the Force to the office of the Speaker of the House for adequate compensation.