Aborisade Sunday, Abuja
The Senate on Wednesday received a budget proposal for the Nigerian Police Trust Fund for 2021, sent to it by President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (withdrawn), for the necessary legislative measures.
The President’s request for the Upper Chamber to review the budget of the Police Trust Fund was contained in a letter accompanying the proposal, which was read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan during the plenary session.
Buhari said the request was made in accordance with the provisions of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund Act which provides for funding through a special intervention fund.
The letter read in part: “In accordance with Sections 4.5 and 21 of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund Establishment Act 2019, I hereby forward the 2021 Nigerian Police Trust Fund budget proposal for kind consideration and adoption by the Senate.
“Estimates of revenues and expenditures in the budget proposal for funds for 2021 are in line with the legal purpose of the provisions of the Police Trust Fund of Nigeria by providing funds through a special intervention fund for: training and retraining of Nigerian police forces to improve their skills and overall improvement, performance and efficiency in the performance of their duties as well as responsibilities.
“Procurement of state-of-the-art equipment, operational vehicles and other related facilities to improve the skills of Nigerian police forces in handling operational equipment;
“Construction of police stations, barracks and other living facilities of Nigerian police force personnel and their dependents; and Procurement of teaching materials and training equipment, as well as payment of the costs of participation of Nigerian police force personnel in seminars, conferences and other skills acquisition courses. “