Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF), Hon Aliyu Ahmed Sokoto, has solicited for collaboration with the Nigerian Ports Authority, in order to enhance the fulfilment of its mandate, as stipulated in the NPTF Act 2020.
Hon Sokoto stated this during a visit to the NPA, in the quest to garner support for the funding of the Police Trust Fund, according to a statement by NPTF‘a Public Relations Officer, CSP Olabisi Okuwobi.
Okuwobi said that he was received by the Managing Director, Hajia Hadiza Bala-Usman.
Sokoto stated that the purpose of his visit to NPA was to intimate the organisation about the mandate of NPTF, adding:
“The purpose of my visit is to keep you abreast of the mandate and the activities of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund, as well as to seek a close working relationship between our organisation and the Nigeria Ports Authority.”
He stated further that The Trust Fund was envisioned to build a well-trained, well-equipped and well-motivated police force “that will be prompt and responsive to security challenges, in line with best global practices.”
He also spoke on the mission of the Trust Fund, saying that it was to provide critical needs that would ensure overall improvement and efficiency as police operatives discharge the duties and responsibilities of the Nigeria Police Force and its auxiliary colleges and institutions.
In her response, Hajia Bala-Usman assured Sokoto of NPA’s support to the mandate of the NPTF. She said: “The NPA will support you in every way it can, even beyond our mandate, but also as individuals, to build a Police Force that will provide the attendant security needed.”
Hajia Bala-Usman also charged the Executive Secretary on the need to expedite action on executing the mandate of NPTF.
She urged the Secretary to “do what you can within the shortest period, to show relevance within the sector.”
She said that a lot would fall on Sokoto’s shoulders, but added that it was an opportunity for him to show his capacity and capability within the responsibility he was being faced with.
Sokoto had revealed that the sources of the fund to NPTF includes 0.05 per cent of total revenue from the Federation
Accounts, a levy of 0.005 per cent of net profits of all companies operating in Nigeria, grants, special intervention funds as might be provided by the National Assembly in the budget, endowments, donations, grants, aids, and other assistance from private sectors and development partners, as well as monies derived from investment on the fund.
He explained further that the Fund was meant to be utilised for the training and retraining of police personnel of the Nigeria Police Force within and outside the country, the purchase of equipment and material needs of the police, such as operational vehicles, and construction of police infrastructures such as offices, barracks and quarters.
Apart from NPA, he solicited support from relevant agencies individuals, as he revealed that the current Fund accruing to NPTF was inadequate to meet up with the enormous challenges of rebuilding the Nigeria Police Force, and the current myriad of security challenges across the nation.
He remarked that the Trust Fund currently “depends substantially on the revenue accruing from the Federation Account for the implementation of these programmed and activities, and cannot sustain the Trust Fund and the attainment of the mandate.”
He used the medium to canvass for cooperation and intervention of revenue agencies in the implementation of projects and programme of the Nigeria Police Force.
It will be recalled that in 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Nigeria Police Trust Fund Act into law. The Nigeria Police Trust Fund Act 2019 is an intervention instrument to provide funding for a well-trained, well-equipped and motivated Nigeria Police Force.
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