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Police Senate to investigate bias in barracks contract

Chairman of the Senate committee on Police Affairs said the award of the contracts did not reflect federal character.

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Nigeria Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris. play

Nigeria Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

(Daily Post)

The Senate Committee on Police Affairs says it will investigate alleged lopsidedness in the award of contract captured  in the 2016 budget for the building of police barracks in 24 states.

The Chairman of the committee, Sen. Abu Ibrahim, gave the assurance on Monday in Abuja.

According to him, eight of those projects were awarded to Bauchi State.

He said that awards, which did not reflect federal character, would be investigated by the committee.

He said the committee would obtain relevant documents from the Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Dambazau and act accordingly to ensure that the contract was equitably implemented.

The committee chairman also decried what he called the poor funding in the 2017 budget of the Nigeria Police Force and called for improvement.

“Following the huge role the Police carry out in the country, there is a need to improve their funding.

“The budgetary allocation to the Police is very poor and needs to be reviewed upward,” he said.

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Ibrahim assured of the committee’s readiness to assist through the powers of appropriation to see to the upward review of the budget.

He also said that the Bill for an Act to Establish the Nigerian Police Development Fund, when passed into law, would help to tackle the problem of poor funding for the force.

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