Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs on Wednesday frowned at the inclusion of the Police Intervention Fund in the budget of the Ministry of Interior.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Bassey Eyong explained that the funds will not be used for routine expenses but for interventions that will enable the police work adequately.
He said that the ministry will work closely with the Inspector – General of Police Solomon Arase to identify the infrastructural needs to bring back law and order to the North East and as well as some parts of the West noted for kidnapping.
“We should not forget the need for checks and balances, the police can liaise with ministry for that, somebody needs to oversight these monies, “he said.
The Committee led by Haliru Jika queried why the intervention should domiciled with the Ministry of Interior.
Members of the committee, Jonathan Gaza, Prestige Ozi speaking differently said, “We want to know the idea behind the intervention because the police know what they need, there is no need for such fund because of the economic situation of the country.
“That fund should be scraped.
“The Police know the hot spots, the money should be appropriated to the Police appropriation bill.
“I think the appropriation should be to the Police, if Interior is undertaking infrastructure for the Police is another dimension, interior can only oversight, “the law makers said.
The Chairman ruled that at an executive session the matter will be looked into and addressed.
– Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja