The Federal Government has approved the sum of N13 billion as take off funds of community policing in the country.
To this end, it has directed state governors, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Minister of Finance and the Inspector General of Police to come up with a blueprint.
The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo said the National Executive Council meeting which took the decision is committed to the improvement of Nigeria’s security architecture.
The Vice President through an aide Laolu Akande said on Twitter, “To drive his resolve to rejig the security architecture in the country & deliver a more effective policing, Mr. President has approved N13B for the take-off of Community Policing in the country.
“At today’s NEC meeting, VP asks Govs, SGF, Finance Minister & IGP to work out how the funds would be well utilized to ensure an effective implementation of Community Policing in Nigeria, and then report back to NEC.
“Specifically, the Governors would be represented at this consultations by the NGF chair & two others. There’s no relenting in securing our people.”
Already, there are ongoing moves across the country to draft young volunteers who want to participate in community policing.
The Port Harcourt Telegraph reports that Divisional Police Officers in Rivers State have received directives from the State Commissioner of Police to liaise with notable stakeholders in a bid to recruit able-bodied persons who are expected to keep the people safe at the community level.
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