Senate President Bukola Saraki on Wednesday assured the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, of the eagerness of the 8th National Assembly to pass the Police Reform Bill and the Police Trust Fund Bill before the end of its tenure.
Concise News reports that the Senate President, in a statement by his Special Assistant on New Media, Olu Onemola, said this while receiving the IGP, Adamu and his escorts who visited him in his Office at the National Assembly.
Saraki emphasized that the National Assembly’s commitment to strengthen the nation’s security force, also he makes references that both the Police Trust Fund Bill and the Police Reform Bill, which are at various stages in both chambers of the 8th National Assembly, would strengthen the Police Force in the country.
He said: “The performance of the Nigeria Police is key to our nation’s security. This is because apart from us ensuring that the institution is well-funded, we need to ensure that the Police plays its Constitutional role in the security of our nation.
”Across party lines, the police can be reassured of our support to strengthen it as an institution.
“Funding is a major issue, and I know that a lot of work has been done to ensure that the Police Trust Fund Bill gets to its current stage in the House. Before the end of the 8th Senate, I want to assure you that we will pass this Bill.
He further stated that: “Another critical issue is the Police Reform Bill which has gone through Public Hearing with major input from stakeholders. We started this process before your tenure, but we can still allow a few more days before it is laid so that you too can make your contributions.
“We would like you to take a close look at this Bill alongside the Committee so that by next week, we can lay the Report of the Bill and pass it.
”Once we begin to address the issue of funding and institutional reform of the Police, many of the recent incidents that we have seen like the abductions yesterday on Abuja-Kaduna road, and the killing of the young man in Lagos, will also be addressed.”