President Buhari approves N13b for Community policing

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sum of N13.3 billion Naira for the take-off of Community policing in Nigeria as part of measures adopted to consolidate efforts aimed at tackling insecurity in the country.

Governor of Nassarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, announced this on Thursday while briefing the media after the virtual meeting of the National Economic Council, NEC, presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Sule said that the NEC received a presentation from the Chairman National Economic Council Ad- Hoc Committee on Security and Policing, set up at the 95th meeting of the Council on June 20, 2019.

He said the committee, headed by Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, met on Thursday 4th of August to review the escalating security challenges in Nigeria.

According to him, at the virtual meeting there were briefings and presentations from the National Security Adviser, NSA, Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Chief of Defense Staff and the Department of State Services (DSS).

Sule said; ”the meeting reviewed the escalating challenges in the country observed that insecurity could not be fully eradicated without addressing the high poverty rate and unemployment level in Nigeria.”

“Council resolved that the Chairman of the NGF (Nigeria Governors’ Forum) with two other Governors would be meeting with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Finance Minister and the Inspector-General of Police to co-ordinate the proper utilisation of the funding of community policing in the states.

“The Nigerian government has already approved N13 billion for this same purpose.”

He said that the meeting also observed that the Office of the NSA has not been adequately funded in the last five years to enable it carry out its mandate effectively.

“State governments have been overwhelmed by insecurity expenditures and there is therefore the need by the Nigerian Government to inject more funds to augment expenses by the states, amongst others,” Sule stated.

The Governor stated further that “the meeting made several observations and came up with recommendation that would help government tackle the issue of insecurity in the country.”

He added that the work of the Committee was ongoing with key stakeholders and would be meeting further as the need arises to update the Council on the progress being made to address insecurity and criminality in the country.

Source: Voice of Nigeria