A total sum of N1.5 Trillion will be spent over the next six years, to transform the Nigeria Police Force for effective service delivery in consonance with the Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government.
President Goodluck Jonathan made this disclosure, while declaring open the Police Service Commission 2014 Retreat on Thursday in Makurdi, Benue State.
Represented at the occasion by the FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed revealed that 60 percent of the funding will come from Government sources, while the Organized Private Sector and other development partners will contribute 40 percent.
Dr. Jonathan further disclosed that the National Economic Council has also approved that 1 percent of the monthly allocations meant for States be deducted and used to fund the Nigeria Police reforms.
His words: “The statutory funding of the Police Reform Programme is in line with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
The President reiterated his recent statement at the Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil, Kano State during the Passing Out Parade of the ASPs and Cadet Inspectors that Government is committed to ensuring the continued improvement of the quality, capacity and numerical strength available to the Force and other Security Agencies He therefore assured that the Nigeria Police Force must be repositioned to deliver on its mandate, as the lead agency in the maintenance of internal security.
On his part, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar called for delegated powers to the Police Commissioners and the Assistant Inspectors General of Police to promote any deserving Police other ranks since they already have powers to discipline.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Sir Mike Okiro said that the outcome of the Retreat would form the basis for the Blueprint of the present Administration of the Police Service Commission.