Stakeholders renew their efforts for the implementation of the law on the police trust fund

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Kingsley Nwezeh

Following the shortcomings identified in the implementation of the Police Trust Fund Act, stakeholders renewed their calls on the federal government to respect the provisions of the act in its implementation.

The stance follows crises that rocked the fund’s take-off and the power struggle between management and the board over the N11 billion equipment purchase that caused some NPTF officials to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offenses Commission (ICPC), among other issues.

However, stakeholders argued that two years after liftoff, the NPTF, with a six-year lifespan, could operate more efficiently.

A stakeholder meeting recently organized by the Rule of Law And Accountability Advocacy Center (RULAAC) and more than 20 other CSOs operating in the central-north area and the FCT, two resource persons, Nkiru Uzodi, Program Manager at Policy and Legal Advocacy Center (PLAC) and Faith Nwadishi, Executive Director of the Center for Transparency Advocacy, respectively, briefed participants on the provisions of the Police Act and the PTF Act. They highlighted the challenges in implementing the reforms, including the lack of strict adherence to the effective implementation of the provisions of the laws by the people and institutions responsible for doing so.

In his presentation, Nwadishi pointed out that the PTF Act which was signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on June 24, 2019 as the Police Trust Fund (Establishment) Act 2019 set out the main objectives aimed at increasing overall efficiency of the Nigerian Police.

She revealed that Articles 26 to 30 detail how the NPTF should be funded, adding that the funding was to achieve three major projects including, providing funds for training and retraining of police personnel, provision of security equipment peak, increase the general well-being and readiness of personnel.

She pointed out that the three main pillars on which N PTF was established were to contribute to the overall goal of policing.

“There are contentious parts of the trust fund, one of which is the withdrawal of 0.05% of income accruing to the federation account to finance the trust fund. The federation account does not belong solely to the federal government. States and local governments also participate. The constitution did not mandate the federal government to administer the federation account on behalf of state and local governments,” she argued.

Nwadishi pointed out that the fund stipulates that 0.005% of net profits accruing to companies doing business in Nigeria should go to the trust fund, while it is clear that companies are already being overtaxed, including that of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund. (TETFund.)

She added: “All over the world, funds from trust funds are tax exempt.”

However, other parties state that the NPTF is also for the improvement of force efficiency, the purchase of equipment and machinery for uniformed men, the construction of police stations, the purchase of books, payment of bills for conferences attended by Nigerian Police personnel and any other purpose.

In his remarks, the Executive Director of the Rule of Law and Advocacy Center (RULAAC), Mr. Okechukwu Nwangwuma, said that the Civil Society Organizations Support and Monitoring Group – Police Trust Fund (CSO-PTF) will conduct a Vigorous and sustained public awareness campaign across the six geopolitical zones on the purpose and existence of the Police Act and the Police Trust Fund Act, adding that the group will hold zonal and bi-monthly meetings to assess the performance of the NPTF across Nigeria.

A press and public affairs statement from the Nigeria Police Trust Fund

Prior to the establishment of the Nigerian Police Trust Fund, a public hearing was held where citizens gave their views on how the fund should be established and considering its importance in helping the Nigerian Police to secure the country.

From its inception to date, the Nigeria Police Trust Fund NPTF has managed to achieve the following.

Acquisition of 200 units of operational vehicles recently commissioned and handed over to the police by President Muhammadu Buhari

Procurement of medical equipment, medicines worth N529 million as well as COVID-19 kits worth N358 million which have since been handed over to police authorities and distributed to police health facilities in across the country, as part of the effort to improve the police health sector.

He also purchased weapons and ammunition along with other weapons for the Special Weapons and Tactical Squad.

This year, the main focus will be on infrastructure where new barracks, police stations and training facilities will be built, while dilapidated structures will be renovated.

Meanwhile, a press and public affairs statement from the NPTF noted that prior to the creation of the trust fund, a public hearing was held where citizens gave their input on how the fund should be run. created and given its importance in assisting the Nigerian Police. force to secure the country.

“From its inception to date, NPTF has procured 200 units of operational vehicles which were recently ordered and handed over to the police by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Procurement of medical equipment, medicines worth N529 million as well as COVID-19 kits worth N358 million which have since been handed over to police authorities and distributed to police health facilities across the country, as part of the effort to improve the health of the police sector.”

“He also bought weapons and ammunition and other weapons for the special weapons and the tactical squad.

“This year, the main focus will be on infrastructure where new barracks, police stations and training facilities will be built, while dilapidated structures will be renovated.”

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