These are indeed good times for the Police Force as the the federal government has approved over N4 billion for the fuelling of their operational vehicles.
Making this public is Muhammad Dingyadi, minister of police affairs, while at the National Institute of Police Studies on Tuesday.
According to Dingyadi, the amount will cover the cost on fuel supply to police commands in the 36 states of the federation and the federal capital territory.
The minister also said the amount approved for the fuelling in the 2021 budget was the first in the history of the police, adding that the ministry will sustain the gesture.
“The Ministry is deeply grateful to Mr. President and the National Assembly for approving funds for the supply of fuel to the 36 state Police commands across the country and FCT, to increase their efficiency,” Dingyadi said.
“As we speak, the Police Trust Fund has awarded contracts for the supply of more operational vehicles, body protection vest, helmet, arms and ammunition, drugs and medical equipment, and other critical security hardware.”
The minister further pledged the commitment of the ministry to prioritise the training and development of police officers.
This he said will be inconjunction with the leadership of the police as they have developed strategies to meet the training and development needs of police officers.
He also reiterated the efforts to increase police efficiency and cater to the welfare of officers, which was why President Muhammadu Buhari, in 2018, approved an enhanced salary structure for the Nigeria Police Force.
In addition, the minister also said following the #EndSARS protests in October 2020, Buhari further directed the national salaries, income and wages commission to finalise the new salary structure for members of the force.
The directive was in line with one of the demands of the protesters, which called for an upward review of salaries of officers, in a bid to curb police brutality and harassment.