2020 Budget: Senate approves N11.35bn for Police Trust Fund

By Haruna Salami
Senate on Wednesday approved sum of N11,352,457,101.70 as budget for Nigeria Police Trust , NPTF in 2020 fiscal year.
approval came following consideration of harmonized report of Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs.
The implementation of the NPTF 2020 budget would lapse on April 30, 2021.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Halliru Jika, in his presentation noted that the Joint Committee observed that “this is the first budget of the NPTF since the establishment Act came into being in the year 2019.”
According to him, “only the 0.5 percent of the total revenue accrued to the account and 0.5 percent of the total VAT were remitted to the NPTF Account, adding that, “other sources of revenue as prescribed in the NPTF Establishment Act have not made any remittance”.
Jika called on the NPTF to expedite action on the implementation of the 2020 budget to meet up the deadline of April 30, 2021.
Giving a breakdown of the budget component, the lawmaker said projected income was put at N34,984,314,243; and N11,354,457,101.70 for capital.
However, explained that the balance of N23,631,857,141.30 will be carried over to the of the NPTF.
alsonoted that the purchase of utility vehicles in the budget was replaced the procurement of the protection kits for Police personnel amounting to N358,379,191.00; and the sum of N533,894,117.70 earmarked for the procurement of drugs and medical equipment.
The Senate President in his remarks said the approval of the NPTF budget would “ the police to increase their capacities and provide better and services across the country.”
“This is of the benefits of what we have passed here – the Police Trust – and I’m sure that the National Assembly will continue to support our security agencies for optimal performance,” Lawan added.