Inadequate funding is a major challenge to Nigeria police - Acting IGP Adamu

Inadequate funding is a major challenge to Nigeria police - Acting IGP Adamu

- Acting IGP, Mohammed Adamu, has revealed why the Nigerian Police Force is ineffective

- Adamu said the major challenge to the Police Force has been the lack of adequate funds

- The police boss noted that for the Force to be neutral in the performance of its duties, it should obtain its funding requirements from constitutionally recognised sources

Mohammed Adamu, the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), has explained why the police is not efficient as they should be in Nigeria.

The Nation reports that Adamu spoke before the House committee on police affairs on Tuesday, March 26, while defending the Force’s 2019 budget proposal, as well as reflecting on the performance and challenges experienced with the implementation of the 2018 appropriation.

Legit.ng gathered that he said he was always confronted with the issue of inadequate funding as the lead agency of government responsible for protection of life and property.

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He said: “The Nigeria Police Force which I command today, is a pivotal organ of government and the lead agency in internal security with a strength of 301,737 personnel (made up of police, traffic wardens and civilian staff) as at January, 15 2019.

“It is stationed across the federation (the Force Headquarters, 12 zones, 37 states including the FCT, 224 area commands, 1,401 divisions, 1,759 police stations and 3,846 police posts).

“This strength and spread are not static but continue to grow side by side with overall national growth and development. Unfortunately, these growth and development have over the years, not received commensurate funding."

The police boss said the force expected to live up to the billing to ensure internal security which will attract investments, promote trade, industry and commerce for socio-economic development and growth.

Adamu said that Nigeria is a large country with a huge population and policing a nation as large and diverse as Nigeria requires enormous funding.

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He also told the lawmakers that for the force to maintain neutrality and avoid compromises in the performance of its statutory duties, it should obtain its funding requirements from constitutionally recognised sources.

He said: "Presently, the police depends on the government for the provision of funds for its day to day operations. However, the annual budgetary allocation to the Force especially with regards to capital and overhead costs do not reflect the enormous size, scope of responsibility and actual needs of the Force."

According to him, most of the requirements that would enable the Force perform are never met due to limited funds occasioned by the budgetary constraint. He noted that as against a capital budget estimate of N342.9 billion proposed for the 2018 fiscal year, the Force was given an appropriation of N25.2 billion.

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Adamu said despite the increasing security challenges it has to contend with, the funds given the Force are grossly inadequate.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the House of Representatives committee on police affairs said it was worrisome that the Nigeria police force was not well-funded despite the security challenges the nation is faced with.

It was reported that members of the committee who condemned the act, said it was high time that the Police trust fund bill currently before the Senate was passed and transmitted for presidential assent.

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