The Federal Government of Nigeria, Thursday announced the sum of N13.3bn for the take-off of community policing programme in the across the country. Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Publicity, Laolu Akande disclosed this in a statement titled “FG approves N13b for the take-off of community policing in Nigeria. The fund is part of initiatives aimed at stemming the tide of insecurity in the country.
Akande said the National Economic Council at its virtual meeting on Thursday chaired by the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo agreed that the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi, in the company of other two governors, should liaise with the SGF Boss Mustapha; Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed and the IG of Police, Mohammed Adamu to brainstorm on proper utilization of the fund.
The statement read, “The National Economic Council Ad-hoc Committee on Security and Policing had made a presentation on its assignment to the council, noting that engagement with key stakeholders on the operationalisation of community policing in the country was ongoing.
“The presentation was made by Governor Kayode Fayemi, who is also the Chairman, Nigeria Governors Forum.
“Other reports received by council at today’s meeting included reports on the COVID-19 pandemic situation in the country; flood disaster risk management in Nigeria for 2020, and the issue of compensation payments regarding federal highway projects across the country.
“Responding to two presentations on the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria: one by NEC’s Adhoc committee interfacing with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, and the other by Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, the state governors commended the efforts and commitment of the Federal Government in containing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and supporting states’ response capacity through various interventions.
“The NCDC report indicates that the positivity rate has fallen from 19.7% in June to 13.7% in August 2020, while number of states with testing laboratories increased from two to 32, including the FCT.”
Other highlights of the meeting, according to the statements are that Ahmed reported to the council that the as of August 18, 2020 the balance on Excess Crude Account was $72,408,119.44; Stabilisation Fund Account was N44, 207, 377,110.34; and the Natural Resources Development Fund Account was N144, 047, 195, 020.54.
Akande said the council also received a presentation from Chairman National Economic Council Ad- Hoc Committee on Security and Policing.