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N13bn approved for community policing across Nigeria

NEWSMAN, Abuja – The National Economic Council has approved N13.3bn for the take-off of community policing initiative across the country.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, revealed this in a statement on Thursday saying the approval is part of measures aimed at containing the security situation in the country.

According to Akande, “the National Economic Council at its virtual meeting on Thursday, chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, resolved that the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi; with two other governors, will meet with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; and the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu” to coordinate the proper fund utilization for operationalisation of community policing in the country.

 “Other reports received by council at the meeting included reports on the COVID-19 pandemic situation in the country; flood disaster risk management in Nigeria for 2020, and the issue of compensation payments regarding federal highway projects across the country”, the statement added.

 “The NCDC report indicates that the positivity rate has fallen from 19.7% in June to 13.7% in August 2020, while number of states with testing laboratories increased from two to 32, including the FCT.”

Other highlights of the meeting, according to the statements are that Ahmed reported to the council that the as of August 18, 2020 the balance on Excess Crude Account was $72,408,119.44; Stabilisation Fund Account was N44, 207, 377,110.34; and the Natural Resources Development Fund Account was N144, 047, 195, 020.54.

Akande said the council also received a presentation from Chairman National Economic Council Ad- Hoc Committee on Security and Policing.

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