By Peter Duru,Makurdi
The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Idris Abubakar, has presented a bill before the National Assembly seeking the deduction of one percent of the total budget of every state in the country to fund the Nigeria Police Force.
This was made known yesterday by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG, in charge of Finance and Administration, at the Force Headquarters, Mr. Shuaibu Gambo, while interacting with stakeholders in Makurdi.
DIG Gambo said if passed into law, the annual budgetary deductions would, to a large extent, eliminate all the financial challenges confronting the Force in the discharge of its responsibilities to Nigerians.
He explained that, “the idea is to dedicate the one percent budgetary deduction from each state to the security of the states. The money would not be given directly to the Police, but would be administered by the governors and committees set up for that purpose.
“We all know that budgeting for security in the country is so enormous and the truth is that the federal government alone cannot afford to shoulder the responsibility of funding the Police.
“So, if the bill is passed, the era of the Police going cap-in-hand, looking for assistance, will be a thing of the past; the Police will have no excuse not to perform with the right logistics support and motivation.
“We deserve a better Police Force in Nigeria; we have consistently proved ourselves outside this country and won laurels. We can also achieve same in our country. We urge Nigerians to support every initiative that would help the force improve in its service delivery.”