Budgetary System, An Envelope Hindering Police Optimal Service Delivery – IGP Adamu
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has on Tuesday highlighted many factors impeding the Nigeria Police optimal service delivery. 4">
Speaking through a representative at the public hearing organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs, tagged, ‘Repositioning the Nigeria Police for an Enhanced Service Delivery, the noted among other things that the budgetary system hinders the force from attaining best of service delivery.
Adamu was represented by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Operations), Abdulmajid Ali, who stated that aggregation of reports by the various police reform committees highlighted the major challenges hindering an optimal service delivery by the police.
In the document he presented to the committee, a copy of which our CityNews obtained, Ali said the challenges included gross under-funding, which according to him was caused by inadequate budgetary appropriation and non-release of the limited appropriated funds.
He noted that the budgetary system still remained the envelope system, which he said was not capable of taking care of neither the needs nor wants of the force.
Other factors highlighted by the Deputy IGP (Operations) include:
1. Inadequate personnel and Ammunition: Ali said that the Nigeria Police Force needed no fewer than 1,000 armoured personnel carriers and 250,000 assault rifles with corresponding ammunition.
2. 2,000,000 tear gas canisters and smoke grenades – Adamu also disclosed that the country needed 2,000,000 tear gas canisters and smoke grenades.
Other equipment the IG said the force required included: 200,000 riot gunners and smoke pistols, 1,000 tracking devices, and 774 operational drones, among others.
Besides inadequate manpower, the force are also battling with other problems including dilapidated barracks, poor remuneration and low budgetary allocations.
CityNews recall that President Muhammad Buhari had in November 2018, approved an enhanced salary structure for the NPF.
As part of efforts to address problems confronting the NPF, the President, Buhari last year gave the force the go-ahead to recruit 10,000 officers.