By John Ikani
The Nigerian Government has approved over N4billion for the fuelling of police vehicles across the Police Commands in all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Muhammad Dingyadi, Minister of Police Affairs, disclosed this at the National Institute of Police Studies on Tuesday.
A statement issued by Mr Bolaji Kazeem, Head of Press and Public Relations in the ministry, revealed that the minister made the disclosure while delivering a paper titled, “Strategic Leadership Development: The Role of the Ministry of Police Affairs” presented to Strategic Leadership and Command Course 3/2021 participants of the National Institute of Police Studies.
Dingyadi who said the amount approved for the fuelling was in the 2021 budget, added that the gesture was the first in the history of the police.
He added 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.
“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,” Dingyadi said.
Dingyadi further disclosed that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) recently approved the Automation of Police Specialised Services to promote transparency and accountability, as well as serve as an additional source of funding to enhance police operations.