The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, says the federal government has approved over N4 billion in the 2021 budget for fueling police vehicles.
Mr Dingyadi disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
Bolaji Kazeem, the ministry’s head of press and public relations officer, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to Mr Kazeem, the minister made this known at a presentation on the topic, “Strategic Leadership Development: The Role of the Ministry of Police Affairs”.
The paper was presented to the Strategic Leadership and Command Course 3/2021 participants of the National Institute of Police Studies.
Mr Dingyadi said the amount would cover expenditure on fuel supply to Police Commands in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He said the approval was the first time N4 billion was budgeted for fuelling police vehicles in the country, adding that the ministry would 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 states 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,” he said.
Mr Dingyadi pledged the commitment of the ministry to prioritise the training and development of police officers.
He said the ministry, in conjunction with the leadership of the Nigerian police, had developed strategies to meet the training and development needs of police officers.