The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, yesterday said out of the N16, 107,272,000 appropriated for the 2016 capital budget, only N4,026,818,000, being 25 per cent was released as at December 31, 2016.
Lamenting the inadequate funding for the Police, the IGP, while addressing members of the House Committee on Police Affairs, said non-release of appropriated capital budget has inhibited the Force from accomplishing its set objective of providing necessary tools and infrastructure for the enhancement of its operational capacity and capability.
The IGP further stated that the total 2016 budget appropriation is N308, 919, 046, 437, which is breaking down as N16, 107,272,000 for capital expenditure, N9, 250, 565, 307 for overhead cost and N283, 561, 209, 130 as personnel cost.
He noted that out of the overhead cost of N9, 250,565,307 appropriated for the year under review, N6, 369, 753, 134, 99 was released leaving a balance of N2,880,812,172.01 yet to be released.
Also, personnel cost of N283,561,209,130 approriated for payment of salaries of policemen in 42 commands and formations, the sum of N273,061,209,130 was paid through the platform of GIFMIS of the federal government, while N10,499,999,972.96 is yet to be released leading to shortfall in the payment of statutory deductions.
“Arising from the above, budget planning and executions have been rendered difficult as the release of appropriated funds cannot be guaranteed,” the IGP explained.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria police is set to construct general/referral teaching hospital in partnership with consultants of Nairobi, Kenya and other notable international corporate organisation.
To this effect, the AIG medical, Kaumi Ahmadu said, “It is hoped that a 600 bed capacity hospital, manned by 95 doctors, 30 pharmacists, 490 nurses and 160 medical technicians will be built and equipped for the Nigeria Police Force. It will have an independent power generation capacity of 30,000 to 50, 000 mega watts to supply the hospital and the communities around.”