Sequel to his maiden visit to the headquarters of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF) soon after his decoration by the Vice-president, Yemi Osibajo last week, the Acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali yesterday received the Executive Secretary of the Fund, Hon. Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto and management team during which the IGP charged them on their obligations to the police.
The NPTF was set up by an Act of the National Assembly in 2019 on the recommendation of President Muhammadu Buhari to cater for police needs such as training, procurement of state-of-the-art equipment and overall improvement of personnel of the Nigeria Police Force in the discharge of their duties.
According to a release issued by the Public Relations Officer of the NPTF, Olabisi Okuwobi, a Chief Superintendent of Police, Alkali declared that the Nigeria Police Force was earnestly looking forward to all the “goodies” promised as the NPTF interventions.
He said, “we are seriously looking forward to interventions like improved logistics, enhanced welfare for Police personnel, in terms of rehabilitation of police buildings and critical trainings of all Police personnel in order to meet up with the emerging security challenges.”
The IGP also demanded the rehabilitation of dilapidated police barracks as well as building new befitting accommodation for police personnel across the nation.
He applauded the composition of members of NPTF’s Board, affirming “The chairman as well as other members of the Board are persons of integrity; tested and trusted” and promising to take up his position as a member of the Board without delay.
Speaking earlier, the executive secretary, also the chief executive officer of the Fund, assured the IGP and members of the Force Management team of the Fund’s readiness to work with the NPF for the common good of the nation.
He stated “the Fund is ready to build a well-equipped and well-motivated Nigeria Police Force that would be prompt and responsive to security challenges in line with global standards and best practices.”
He further said Nigerians would begin to feel the impact of the Fund after the signing of the N74 billion 2021 budget currently before the National Assembly.
Sokoto promised to assist the police in the purchase of equipment, enhanced welfare and trainings in line with the mission of the NPTF ACT 2019.