BY Emma Ujah, Abuja Bureau Chief
The Inspector – General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has called for the establishment of a Police Trust Fund.
He said during a chat with the media in Abuja that establishing the fund which should be financed as a first line charge was the only way to adequately fund the police in the country.
He said that a Bill for the establishment of the Fund had been with the National Assembly for several years but regretted that it remained unpassed.
The IGP said, “The Nigeria Police as an organisation is faced with many challenges.
“I can say that the greatest challenge if funding. The organisation is poorly funded and that is why we are seeking the establishment of the Police Trust Fund. “A bill for the establishment has been sent to the National Assembly many years ago, unfortunately nothing much has been done on it.
“We believe that with the establishment of that Trust Fund all tiers of government will contribute to the funding of the police.
“Both federal, state and local government areas will contribute as a first line charge. Even the private sector operators will also contribute and by so doing, we will enough resources to adequately equip the police to discharge their reposibilities.”
Mr. Idris also appealed to Nigerians to join hands with the police to make the nation safe for all members of the public.
Specifically, the IGP pleaded with members of the public to readily volunteer information to the police in order to check the activities of criminals.