Governors seek more funding for Police

By Timothy Choji, Abuja

Chairman of the Governors’ Forum and Zamfara State Governor, Abdulazeez Yari briefing Journalists on at the end of the Forum’s meeting in Abuja.

The Nigerian Governors Forum has set up a special committee to interface with the National Assembly on how to enhance the funding of activities of the Police Force.

Chairman of the Governors’ Forum and Zamfara State Governor, Abdulazeez Yari said this while speaking to Journalists at the end of the Forum’s meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Need for better funding
The decision was taken after the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris briefed the Governors on the activities of the Force and the need for better funding.

The Chairman of the Governors’ forum said that the Police boss also briefed the forum the challenges confronting the Force especially the need for more personnel.

“The Inspector General of Police dominated our discussion where he complained about how the Police work here, In some nations, the ratio is 10 persons to one policeman but here in Nigeria it is 400 to one policeman, besides, they are having difficulties of funding,” he stated.

 “We agreed that with the way things are going, with the budgeting process, we would not be able to fund the Police but the Inspector general made a plea to us that there is Police Trust Fund bill before the National Assembly and we need to talk to our members in the Senate and House of Representatives. On our own part, we have set up a committee headed by the Governor of Kwara State, including the Governors of Imo, Delta, Ekiti, Bauchi and Sokoto, to interface with the Police Committees at the National Assembly and present the matter before the Acting President for further action, which is very important for the nation,” he explained.

State Police
The Chairman of the Governors’ forum stressed that the Governors were looking into how to introduce State Police, to improve security across the country.

“We also discussed the issue of State Police, and came up with many options. So we expect the same committee to do the due diligence and suggest the safest way of introducing State Police in Nigeria,” he added.

Collaborative Effort

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris said the orders of the Acting President on reinforcement in troubled parts of the country would be carried out. He solicited for the cooperation of every citizen.

“The reinforcement is on and obviously it is a normal procedure; wherever we have challenges, we reinforce. Having security all over the country requires the participation of every citizen of Nigeria. We have to put our heads together to address all security challenges. It takes time but we have to do it,” he stated.

The Inspector General said he had a fruitful meeting with the Governors, adding that security of lives and property would be enhanced in all parts of the country.

Mercy Chukwudiebere