The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola said his ministry has decided to seek amendment of the Police Trust Fund as a bid to overcome some challenges affecting the optimal provision of internal security in the country and to embody other internal security agencies.
This was disclosed by the minister on Friday in Abuja while he received participants of the Senior Executive Course 43 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS), Kuru, Jos.
Aregbesola noted in a statement issued on behalf of the Director Press in the ministry and signed by Towoju Raphael that the Police Trust Fund Act which was recently signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari, is a vital tool in solving most of the security challenges the country is facing.
He said that the objective of the Act “was to provide a legal framework for the management and control of a special intervention fund for training and retraining of personnel of the Nigeria Police Force and for the provision of state-of-the-art security equipment and other related facilities for the enhancement of skills of personnel of the Nigeria Police Force.”
The Minister therefore asked participants of the Senior Executive Course 43, to support the cause and involve the ministry of Interior which has the mandate of providing internal security for all in the Trust Fund.
He further stressed that the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), the Federal Fire Service (FFS) and Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) which are fundamental agencies in providing internal security should work together to effectively achieve the Ministry’s mandate as creating separate Trust Funds of their own would be in excess.