30 January 2013

Nigeria: Police Projects Hampered By Poor Funding - Minister

Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt Caleb Olubolade (rtd), has said the police are still faced with the challenge of poor funding, which has hampered some of its projects.

Presenting his 2012 report of his ministry's progress and challenges, Olubolade also said, "in the face of the current security challenges in the country, the capacity of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to confront the development has over the years been constrained by the dwindling financial provisions for the force."

However, the minister said the operational capacity of the police had been enhanced through training, capacity building, delivery of 1,500 patrol vans and 90 cars, strengthening of the Air-Wing Section of the force and acquisition of a strategic intelligence platform.

The minister who disclosed that no fewer than 4,000 retired police officers were yet to receive their pension noted that the number could be more, as more files of retired officers were still being processed.

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