As part of measures adopted to consolidate efforts aimed at containing the security situation in the country, the Federal Government has approved N13.3 billion for the take-off of the Community Policing initiative across the country.
Accordingly, the National Economic Council at its virtual meeting on Thursday, the sixth in 2020, chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), with state governors, FCT Minister, Central Bank of Nigeria Governor and some federal cabinet officials in attendance, resolved that the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, with two other governors, meet with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Finance Minister and Inspector General of Police to coordinate the proper utilization of the funding of the initiative.
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 operationalization of community policing in the country was ongoing.
The presentation was made by Dr. Fayemi.
The council received a presentation from Chairman National Economic Council Ad-Hoc Committee on Security and Policing.
Earlier, at the 95th National Economic Council meeting, held on Thursday 20th June 2019, the National Security Adviser made a presentation on the security situation in the country.
Council had then deliberated extensively on the persistent security situation in the country especially the activities of Boko Haram insurgents in the North East, which had remained a delicate challenge.
Based on these, the Council set up an Ad-Hoc Committee on security and policing headed by the Governor of Ekiti state.
The presentation to the Council on Thursday informed that the work of the Committee is ongoing with key stakeholders.
Accordingly, the Committee would be meeting further as the need arises to update the Council on the progress being made to address insecurity and criminality in the country.
Council was informed that the President has approved a sum of N13.3 billion for the takeoff of Community Policing in the country.
The VP then asked that a small team comprising of the NGF Chair, two additional Governors, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Finance Minister and the Inspector General of Police should meet to ensure that the FG funding is well utilized.
A report would then be made back to the Council.