The acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, on Tuesday told the House of Representatives that the Nigeria Police Force under his watch had been battling poor funding since January when he assumed office.
The IG, who appeared before the House Committee on Police Affairs to defend the 2019 budget proposal for the police, said less than 20 per cent of the N25bn capital budget of the security outfit had been released by the Federal Government.
Members of the committee, while expressing their shock over the low release of funds to the police, criticised the government for poorly funding the police at a time when insecurity was rife across the country.
In his presentation to the committee, Adamu said, “On my assumption of office as the Inspector-General of Police in January 2019, I began taking determined steps, drawing from national and international policing leadership experiences, to provide the highest possible level of professional and responsible leadership for the Nigeria Police to enhance its efficiency and effectiveness. However, at every turn, I am confronted with the issue of inadequate funding.
“Nigeria is a large country with huge population and policing a nation as large and diverse as Nigeria requires enormous funding. Also, to maintain neutrality and avoid compromises in the performance of its statutory duties, the Nigeria Police Force should obtain its funding requirements from constitutionally recognised sources.”
Adamu highlighted the proposed budgets of the police from 2014 to 2018 and how they were slashed drastically, while the amounts appropriated were not fully released.
He added, “Presently, the police depend on the government for the provision of funds for the day-to-day operations. However, the annual budgetary allocation for the Force, especially with regards to capital and overhead costs, does not reflect the enormous size, scope of responsibility and actual needs of the Force.
“Arising from the limitations of funding occasioned by the budgetary constraint, most of the requirements that would enable the Force perform are never met. For instance, as against a capital budget estimate of N342.9bn proposed for the 2018 fiscal year, the Force was given an appropriation of N25.5bn.
“Appropriations in respect of the overhead cost and capital budget to the Force over the years have failed to meet the funding requirements of the polic