House Committee says N449bn budget for police inadequate

The House Committee on Police Affairs has said that the N449 billion 2021 budget for the Nigerian Police is grossly inadequate.

The chairperson of the committee, Mohammed Kumo, said this during budget defence by the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mohammed Adamu, on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said that it was open knowledge that the Nigerian police was underfunded, adding that the N449 billion proposal for 2021 operations was unacceptable.

He called on the federal government to immediately increase police funding while assuring the police that at the end of the budget defence their budget would be increased.

The chairman said that there was need to understand what brought about decay in the sector, stressing that the President’s order on the new salary structure for the police should be commended.

He said that the problems confronting the police were but not limited to lack of funds, unanticipated crisis, #EndSARS protest which led to the destruction of some police stations and equipment among others.

Adamu said that N469 billion was initially proposed for the 2021 police budget operations but was reviewed to N449 billion by the budget office.

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