Senate approves N11.35bn as Police Trust Fund

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The Senate on Wednesday approved N11.35bn as the budget for the Nigeria Police Trust Fund in the 2020 fiscal year.

The approval came following consideration of the harmonized report of the Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs.

The implementation of the NPTF 2020 budget would lapse on the 30th of April, 2021.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Halliru Jika, presented the report of his committee at plenary.

He noted that the Joint Committee observed that it was the first budget of the NPTF since the establishment Act came into being in the year 2019.

He, therefore, called on the NPTF to expedite action on the implementation of the 2020 budget in other to meet up with the deadline of 30th April 2021.

He noted that the purchase of utility vehicles in the budget was replaced with the procurement of the COVID-19 protection kits for Police personnel amounting to N358,379,191.00, and the sum of N533,894,117.70 earmarked for the procurement of drugs and medical equipment.

The Senate President said the approval of the NPTF budget would help the police to increase their capacities and of course, provide better and improved services across the country.