The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has said that only N4bn was released to the police for capital project in the 2016 budget out of N16.1bn that was appropriated.
He explained that the allocation being first quarter warrant was released in September last year, noting that the shortfall in budgetary allocations to the Force over the years had affected its operations and infrastructure development.
The IG said this on Wednesday during a meeting on 2016 budget performance with the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs at the Force headquarters, Abuja.
He pointed out that the capital budget was inadequate to address the security challenges especially violent crimes such as terrorism, kidnapping and armed robbery.
Giving a breakdown of the allocations released to the police, Idris said the police received N6.3bn out of N9.2bn appropriated for overhead cost in 2016.
He further explained that out of N283bn appropriated for personnel in the 42 commands and formations, the sum of N273bn was paid leaving a balance of N10.5bn leading to a shortfall in the payment of statutory deductions such as Personal Income Tax to the Federal Inland Revenue Service,cooperative society, National Housing Fund and promotion arrears.
The IG told the committee that in 2012, N9.6bn was appropriated for capital project, but N7bn was released and cash-backed; in 2013, N14bn was appropriated, N11bn was cash-backed and in 2014, out of N7.3bn capital appropriation, only N3.4bn was released.
He added that in 2015, N8.9bn was released out of N17.8bn capital appropriation.
He said, “It can be seen that allocations to the Force is grossly inadequate despite the increasing security challenges it has to contend with.
“The non-release of appropriated capital budget has inhibited the Force from accomplishing its set objective of providing necessary tools and infrastructure for the enhancement of its operational capacity and capability.
“Arising from the above, budget planning and executions have been rendered difficult as the release of appropriated funds cannot be guaranteed.”
Idris stated that the police were contending with infrastructure deficiency, stressing that the impact was enormous.
The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Jika, said the committee was on a fact-finding mission.
“We are here to perform the annual ritual of over-sighting your activities, we are here to police the police. We are assuring you of our support for you to achieve your mandate of ensuring internal security,” he stated.