The Acting Inspector General of Police, Alkali Usman Baba has begged for adequate funding of the Nigeria Police Force.
The IGP in a meeting with the Speaker of House Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila on Wednesday lamented that the NPF has turned a Miracle Player as a result of insufficient fund and incessant attacks on its assets and men across the nation.
While he said the NPF is managing what it has, he said the essential thing he is begging for is for the House of Representatives to look into the areas of funds for its operations.
“We have no account to go and dip our hands and do quick deployment in terms of mitigation or even proactively stopping what is to come. Sincerely speaking, year-in, year-out, besides what we have as allocations, we have problems meeting emergencies.”
“We are requesting that you look more into our predicaments. We are really underfunded and there is nothing or less one can do without funds.
“Normally, operations should have a fund that you can quickly deploy to areas whether it is a natural or man-made crisis. The police do not have that at all. We always rely on our budgetary allocations which are not enough.
”I agree that one may not get completely what he wants even in his house. We are managing what we have.
“The most essential thing I want to plead for is that the House of Representatives should look into the areas of funds for our operations,” he said.
While speaking, Gbajabiamila assured the IGP the support of the House, adding that the members have never cut funding for the police unless it was absolutely necessary.
Gbajabiamila, who said the country cannot keep crying about the police and not give them the necessary enabling environment to do their job also urged the IGP to do the necessary assessment to be able to get fund to address their issues.
”We are expecting hopefully, a supplementary budget that would be pinned on two areas, COVID-19 and security. I want you to liaise very well with the Executive before the budget comes to us so we know how the police can be accommodated if not in the supplementary budget at least the next budget,” the Speaker said.