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Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi has revealed that over N4 billion was approved for the Police to run their vehicles in all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT commands.

Dingyadi dropped the hint yesterday while presenting a paper titled: “Strategic Leadership Development: The Role of the Ministry of Police Affairs” with the course participants of the Strategic Leadership and Command Course 3/2021 at the National Institute of Police Studies in Abuja.

The minister, according to a statement by the ministry’s Head of Press, Bolaji Kazeem, explained that such a huge amount of money was approved for the first time in the history of the Nigeria Police for fuelling of their vehicles in the country, assuring that the gesture would be sustained.

He said: “The ministry is deeply grateful to Mr. President and the National Assembly for approving funds for the supply of fuel to the 36 states Police Commands across the country and the FCT to increase their efficiency.

“As we speak, the Police Trust Fund has awarded contracts for the supply of more operational vehicles, body protection vest and helmet, arms and ammunition, drugs and medical equipment, and other critical security hardware.”

Dingyadi said the ministry gives the training and development of police officers top priority while the director in charge of Training and Development among other vital units was directed to ensure that the skills and competencies of police and civilian staff of the ministry are developed for improved service delivery.

“The Ministry of Police Affairs in conjunction with the police leadership developed training and development needs of police officers. This is determined by the development of an appropriate curriculum in accordance with the strategic needs of each cadre of officers according to best practice,” the minister added.

He said the Federal Executive Council recently approved the Automation of Police Specialized Services to promote transparency and accountability, as well as serve as an additional source of funding to enhance police operations.

The minister pointed out that, the ministry has been in the vanguard for the positive reforms in the Police to enable the Force to keep up with the ever-changing society and advancement in technology.

“Specifically, we focus on reforms that will translate to improve skills and competencies. However, it should be noted that some of these reforms take time to implement, but we shall continue to push and collaborate with relevant partners like the British Council, Department for International Development, the United Kingdom, and German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) CLEEN Foundation, and other NGOs who have been working closely with us,” he said.

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