President Muhammadu Buhari has tendered the 2021 budget proposal for the Nigeria Police Trust Fund to the Senate for perusal.
According to a letter sent with the proposal, the President requested the funds in line with the Nigeria Police Trust Fund Act that permits funding through special interventions.
Part of the letter read, “The estimates of revenue and expenditure in the funds 2021 budget proposal, are consistent with the statutory purpose of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund terms of providing funding through a special intervention fund for: training and retraining of personnel of the Nigeria Police Force to enhance their skill and overall improvement, performance and efficiency in the discharge of their duties as well as responsibilities.”
The President explained that the fund would be used to purchase quality equipment, operational vehicles and other necessary logistics that would enhance the duties of the Nigeria Police Force.
The letter added, “Construction of Police Stations, barracks and other living facilities of personnel of the Nigeria Police Force and their dependents; and Procurement of instructional materials and training equipment.”
Meanwhile, the Senate has urged President Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security following the abduction of students in Niger State.
Senator Sani Musa (APC, Niger East) made the call after the gunmen abducted students and staff of the Government Science Secondary School in Kagara on Wednesday.
Reports have it that the terrorists wore military uniforms during the incident. However, there are no details about the number of victims abducted but the school has over 1,000 students.