The Minister of Police Affairs, retired Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade, says that the presidential committee that recommended the scrapping of the Police Affairs Ministry went beyond its terms of reference.
Olubolade spoke to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting yesterday presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa.
The Presidential Committee on Re-organisation of the police submitted its report to Jonathan on Tuesday, in which it recommended the scrapping of the ministry
The committee, chaired by retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, Parry Osayande, also recommended the merger of parallel organisations that were carved out of the police.
Reacting to the development, Olubolade said that the committee was set up by the president in response to the spate of insecurity in the land and how police could be re-organised to wake up to the challenges.
He said that the terms of reference of the committee was distinct from that of the earlier committee on restructuring of ministries, parastatal and agencies, headed by Mr Steve Oronsaye.
Contrary to the position of the committee, the minister said, there were two budgetary provisions for the police, a regular and a reform budget.
He said the police award contracts on their own without the interference of the ministry, while the ministry approved payments.
Olubolade cited example of the Ministry of Defence, which co-existed with the three armed forces, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force.
He said that the President had set up a committee at the FEC meeting to look at the Osayande report and produce a white paper within three weeks.
According to him, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, will serve as chairman of the white paper committee.
He said other members are himself, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Godswill Orubebe and the Minister of State for FCT, Mrs Olajumoke Akinjide.