Nigeria Senate has passed the Nigerian Police Trust Fund bill after the bill, was presented on the floor of the senate as a bill for concurrence from the House of Representatives, was passed after a clause-by-clause consideration.
The bill seeks to address the funding challenges of the Nigeria police in totality and on a sustainable basis. It seeks to tax corporate entities to complement the Federal Government in funding the police.
The bill will also enable the police to be on first line charge, and would be funded by agreed percentages to be deducted from local and foreign businesses operating in the country.
Some purposes of the Trust Fund include purchase of equipment, machneries, including operational vehicles for the Nigerian Police Force (NPF).
The four bills were read and passed for the second and third time.The National Institute for Security Studies (NISS) Establishment Bill, 2019; the Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill, 2019; the Animal Diseases Control Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2019; while the Federal University of Education, Nsugbe (Est, etc) Bill, 2018, was stood down for further legislative input.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who congratulated his colleagues in both Chambers on the passage of the bill, said by passing the bill, they will be creating “big strides towards providing and improving security and the policing in our country.”
“One of the major concerns has always been the issue of funding. We believe that this bill will provide the funding needed for training and recruitment. I am confident that by the time we lay the report on the Police Reform Bill, we would have gone a long way in moving the police in the right direction,” he said.
With the passage by the Senate, the bill is ready to be transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.