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Police want out of envelope budgeting system

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Alkali Baba

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has urged the National Assembly to remove the Police from the envelope budgeting system.

The system puts a funding ceiling on the Police.

IGP Alkali spoke before the Joint Committees on Police Affairs of the Senate and House of Representatives for the 2022 budget defence session.

He said the police needed to adequately project its funding requirements for budgetary appropriation, operational planning, and optimal service delivery.

He also called for appropriate funding for the Force’s newly established Special Operations Account in order to respond to security emergencies promptly and rapidly.

The IGP urged lawmakers to make a strong case for the timely and full release of funds earmarked to Police in the 2022 budget, saying that funds are rarely provided on time.

He argued for funding to operate the Zonal Police Headquarters, which was recently approved by President Muhammadu Buhari but has yet to begin operations due to budgetary constraints: Zone 13 Headquarters, Ukpo-Dunukofia, Awka-Anambra State; Zone 14 Headquarters, Katsina; Zone 15 Headquarters, Maiduguri; Zone 16 Headquarters, Yenagoa; and Zone 17 Headquarters, Akure are among the new Zones.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare