President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday unveiled more than 200 Buffalo-brand operational vehicles and other security hardware purchased by the Federal Government, through the Nigerian Police Trust Fund, NPTF, for the Nigerian Police.
When unveiling the vehicles and other security equipment in Abuja, Mr. Buhari described the provision of the equipment as part of the ongoing reform of the Nigerian Police Force.
Mr. Buhari commended the NPTF Board of Directors, Management and Staff for completing the projects in a meticulous and meritorious manner, ushering in the inauguration of numerous interventions.
He said that the interventions, aimed at equipping; The training and modernization of the police infrastructure were in line with the Federal Government’s mandates to deepen security and protection throughout the country.
The president praised the initiative to select the Buffalo brand of trucks, rated as robust and capable of withstanding a variety of geographic terrain and weather conditions.
“It is useless to say that the establishment of the NPTF is very timely and appropriate, as it occurred at a time when the Government is more determined than ever to comprehensively address the various security challenges facing the country.
“The achievement of the overall objectives of the Trust Fund should be internalized as the collective aspiration of all Nigerians to close the funding gap in the police force.
“This can be achieved by providing the Police with the necessary operational tools, equipment, training and retraining of personnel, as well as motivating officers and men through better well-being,” he said.
He reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to adequately support the NPTF with a view to fulfilling its mandate and meeting the expectations of the Nigerian Police Force and Nigerians in general.
Mr. Buhari called on the officers and men of the Nigerian Police to continue to do their best in the performance of their duties and to adopt a holistic internal security mechanism to advance the operations of the Nigerian Police Force.
The president expressed his optimism that the Inspector General of Police (IG) and his Management Team will commit officers and men of the Force, to correspond to the efforts of the government, through the judicious and effective use of the facilities.
He warned that the government would not condone any act of abuse and mismanagement of facilities provided with very limited resources.
“The government is aware of its many operational limitations and will continue to do everything possible to address these challenges.
“The recent approval of the Federal Executive Council of an improved salary package and other appropriations for the Nigerian Police further reaffirms the commitment of the President to improve surveillance and deserves praise from well-meaning Nigerians,” he added.
In its comment, Usman Baba, the IG praised the Federal Government for its steadfast determination to pursue one of its three cardinal goals of securing lives and property.
According to him, it is thanks to this that the update of the NPTF was achieved under the leadership of President Buhari.
He said the fund was created, among other things, to provide financial, logistical and other critical interventions for the Nigerian Police Force.
“I have no doubt in my mind that the NPTF is well positioned to guarantee to the nation, a well-equipped, well-trained and well-motivated Nigerian Police Force that would be prompt and responsive to security challenges, in line with the world. . standards
“The Trust Fund and the Nigerian Police have continued to maintain a cordial working relationship. Both Agencies have also been collaborating in the procurement planning processes for the execution of the approved budget allocations.
“This synergy has allowed both agencies, in conjunction with the Ministry of Police Affairs, to articulate an adequate assessment of needs in the preparation of budget proposals and interventions for operational efficiency and optimal service provision,” he said.
He said that the collaboration was essential in the acquisition and delivery of the operating assets that are being inaugurated.
Baba said that the items provided by the Trust Fund for the Nigerian Police Force were largely in line with the required, tested and found operational specifications of a standard that would improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the police.
Ahmad Sokoto, executive secretary of the NPTF, said the items that were unveiled were 200 Buffalo trucks, 1,300 units of personal protective equipment, COVID-19 protection kits, medications and medical equipment.
He said Buffalo Trucks was chosen based on its ruggedness and ability to move fast on various terrains.
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