Members of the House of Representatives will begin its debate on the general principles of a bill, which seeks to establish the Police Procurement Fund immediately after resumption from their two-month yearly recess.
The private member bill led by Obinna Chidoka, representing Idemili North/South Federal Constituency in Anambra State, requests to provide enough funding for the purchase of law enforcement equipment for the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) for effective protection of lives and property.
The bill, which was seen by Newsmen, scaled through its first reading before the House embarked on a two-month recess.
Clause One(a, b and c) says that the Police Procurement Fund into which shall be paid such sums being one per cent deduction of monthly revenue allocations due to the federal, state and local governments; any other sums, from time to time, freely donated by other Governments, International Bodies, Non-Governmental Organizations, Private Sector or accruing to the Government and such sums as may be provided for the purpose of equipping the Police by the Federal Government.
Clause Two states that the Fund shall be used for the procurement of body armor, ballistic vests, electronic surveillance equipment, armored vehicles, helicopters, personal carriers, communication equipment, armaments and munitions and other law enforcement equipment; as well as renovations, training, welfare and enhancement of police performance.”
Clause Three of the bill requests for the establishment of the Police Procurement Fund Board, consisting of the President, 36 State Governors, Chairman, Police Service Commission; Inspector-General of Police; Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria; Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning as well as Accountant General of the Federation.
Clause Three (2) further explains that the Board shall include the organization, administration and distribution of the Police Procurement Fund Force and the performance of other duties in fulfillment of the purposes of this bill.