BY OBUTE JAMES
The Joint Senate and House Committee on Police Affairs led by Senator Dauda Jika and Hon. Usman Bello Kumoh has asked the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to prioritise the 2020 budget in view of complaint of inadequate funding of the Nigeria Police.
Kumoh, while addressing the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dangadi and IGP, Mohammed Adamu who appeared before the committee for 2020 budget defence said “any nation that does not get its police correct, will continue to have problem.”
He said, in view of the scarce resources, the police should allow the committee to know its priority which will guide them on the 2020 Appropriation Bill.
He said the budget proposal requires legislative actions before it will become an Appropriation Act, hence the need to know what police require in order of importance.
IGP Adamu had while defending the 2020 budget said the N12 billion envelope by the Federal Ministry of Finance for capital project for 2020 budget was far below the 63 billion being proposed by the police leadership.
According to Adamu, the police has not been able to get all the money budgeted for its operation since 2015.
He said on overhead cost, police is yet to get N1.5 billion from the ministry of finance for the 2015 budget.
“In 2015, N1.5 billion is yet to be released, in 2016, N2.6 billion is yet to be released, in 2017, N5.6 billion is yet to be released, in 2018 N1.3 billion yet to be released, and 2019 nothing has been released to the police, ” Adamu said.
On capital project, Adamu said “in 2015 N8.9 billion was not released, in 2016, N12.8 billion not released, in 2017, N11 billion was not released, in 2018, N13.1 billion was not released and 2019 N6.6 billion was released just few days ago.”
The Minister of Police Affairs, Dangadi thanked President Muhammadu Buhari re-establishing the ministry. He sought the support of the lawmakers in order to achieve the objectives of the ministry.