According to what was received by NIGERIA NEWS, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the Senate President on Wednesday met with the Inspector General of Police, IG, Mohammed Adamu and informed the IG that the 8th National Assembly to pass the Police Reform Bill and the Police Trust Fund Bill before the end of his tenure. According to the statement by Special Assistant on New Media, Olu Onemola, said this while welcoming the IGP, Mr. Adamu and his entourage.
Saraki stated that the National Assembly would be committed to making sure that the security in the country is strong and further stated that once the bills are passed, it would strengthen the Police force the more and enable them to be able to carry out their duties effectively.
The Senate President further stated the following in the meeting:
“The performance of the Nigeria Police is key to our nation’s security. This is because apart from us ensuring that the institution is well-funded, we need to ensure that the Police plays its Constitutional role in the security of our nation. Across party lines, the police can be reassured of our support to strengthen it as an institution.
“Funding is a major issue, and I know that a lot of work has been done to ensure that the Police Trust Fund Bill gets to its current stage in the House. Before the end of the 8th Senate, I want to assure you that we will pass this Bill.
“Another critical issue is the Police Reform Bill which has gone through Public Hearing with major input from stakeholders. We started this process before your tenure, but we can still allow a few more days before it is laid so that you too can make your contributions.
“We would like you to take a close look at this Bill alongside the Committee so that by next week, we can lay the Report of the Bill and pass it. Once we begin to address the issue of funding and institutional reform of the Police, many of the recent incidents that we have seen like the abductions yesterday on Abuja-Kaduna road, and the killing of the young man in Lagos, will also be addressed,”
Earlier in his address, Inspector General of Police, Mohammad Abubakar Adamu, for finding time to receive him despite the short notice.
He added that the passage of the Police Trust Fund Bill, which has been passed by the House of Representatives and is still being considered by the Senate, remains a priority as the 8th Senate winds down its activities.
Saraki said that the bills have already been passed by the House of Reps and would also be a cogent work for the Senate to work on before the end of the tenure of the 8th National Assembly
Adamu then brief this to the Senate President during the meeting
“The security challenges in the country are so high, however, the resources are limited. It is our view that the passage of the Police Trust Fund Bill would assist in strengthening the institution and alleviating many of the challenges that we face,”