FG Commissions N8.7 bn Operational Vehicles, Security Equipment For Police

 Federal Government through the Nigeria Police Trust Find (NPTF) has donated 200 Buffalo branded operational vehicles, Bulletproof vests, Protective helmets, drugs, and medical equipment to the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to aid policing in the country.

The operational vehicles and other security hardware were handed over to the Inspector General of Police by the representative of President Muhammad Buhari, the Minister of Police Affairs, Dr. Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi at the Force Headquarters, Louis Edet House Abuja.

In his speech read by the Minister of Police Affairs, Dr. Muhammad Maigari, the President stated that the presentation of over 200 Buffalo branded operational vehicles and other security hardware procured by the Present administration through the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF), as contained in its 2020 Budget as part of the ongoing reformation of the Nigeria Police Force, by prioritizing the provision of modern infrastructure to aid policing in Nigeria.

President Buhari congratulated the Board of Trustee, Management and Staff of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund for meticulously and meritoriously completing the execution of the projects, marking the commencement of commissioning of numerous interventions, through equipping, training, and modernization of policing infrastructure, in line with this administrations’ mandates to deepen security and safety nationwide.

In his words, “in this connection, let me also applaud the initiative to select this brand of Buffalo Trucks which are adjudged rugged and capable of withstanding varied geographical terrains and atmospheric conditions. The establishment of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund is very timely and apt, as it came at a time when Government is determined more than ever before to holistically address the various security challenges confronting our great Country Nigeria”.

He posited that his administration is adequately poised to give all that is necessary to the Nigeria Police Trust Fund to enable it to meet its mandate and attain the expectations of the Nigeria Police Force and Nigerians in general.

Buhari added that achieving the overall objectives of the Trust Fund should be internalized as the collective aspiration of all Nigerians in order to bridge the funding gap in policing by providing the NPF with required operational tools, equipment, training, and re-training of personnel as well as the motivation of officers and men through improved welfare.

The President urged Nigeria Police Force to continue putting in their best in the discharge of duties and to adopt a holistic internal security mechanism in the country so as to ensure the provision of a conducive environment, needed to boost operations of the Nigeria Police Force and by extension, emplace a more peaceful and safe country for the economic buoyancy, and improved livelihood for the citizenry.

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According to him, “I am convinced that the Inspector-General of Police and his Management Team, will commit Officers and Men of the Nigerian Police Force, to reciprocate government’s efforts through judicious and effective use of this facility for improvement of Nigerian security architecture, as the government will not condone any act of abuse and mal-handling of the facilities provided from very limited resources.  Members of policing family, to remain committed to realizing our mandate of ensuring peace, public safety, national economic stability, and national cohesion”.

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba appreciated the federal government’s firm determination to pursue one of the three cardinal objectives of protection of lives and properties which led to the set up of NPTF to provide finance, logistics, and other critical intervention to the Nigeria Police Force.

He noted that the Trust fund and NPF and Ministry of Police Affairs have continued to maintain cordial relationships and the collaboration has led to the procurement and delivery of operational assets which met professional specifications and standards to enhance policing in the country.

 Photo Caption: From Left–Permanent Secretary (MPA), Temitope Fashedem; Permanent Secretary (General Service Office, SGF), Mr. Maurice Iberi; Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari  Dingyadi; Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba; Representative of Senate President, Senator Alihu Dauda Jika and Chairman, Board of Trustee (NPTF), Barr. Suleiman Abba during the handing over of 200 Buffalo operational vehicles and gadgets to the Inspector General of Police by the Minister of Police Affairs, Dr. Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi at the Force Headquarters, Louis Edet House Abuja.

Photo L-R: Personal Assistance (Minister of Police Affairs), Murtala Shehu Usman, Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari  Dingyadi, and  Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba during the handing over of 200 Buffalo operational vehicles and gadgets to the Inspector General of Police by the Minister of Police Affairs, Dr. Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi at the Force Headquarters, Louis Edet House Abuja.

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