…The National Economic Council (NEC) finally considers community policing to support the Nigeria Police in tackling security challenges
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a sum of N13.3bn to kick start the community policing projects in the federation.
The decision was made on Thursday after the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja.
There have been several agitations that the Federal Government should adopt community policing to enable states as federating units combat security setbacks.
However, the project which got the nod of the President in May has been given a greenlight at the NEC meeting which also included the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele; some ministers and governors.
It was resolved at the meeting that the Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Governor Kayode Fayemi; the Finance Minister, Hajia Zainab Ahmed; and Inspector General of Police, Adamu Muhammed should liase for the final operationalisation of the said community policing.
Ekiti State Governor at the presentation of the report reiterated that state governments have resolved to strategise with the Federal Government through the police to secure local communities, and the nation at large.