Police Inspector-General Muhammad Adamu has announced that the force will need N24.8 billion per year to power its fleet of vehicles and motorcycles.
When reporting the 2020 budget results and defending the 2021 budget plan before the House of Representatives Committee on Police, the police chief who revealed this said they were bogged down by the low envelope budgetary provisions.
“The implication is that under an ideal situation, the amount that has been reviewed cannot meet up with the requirement of policing the country.
“If you take for example, the daily fuel consumption for our vehicles; vehicles that have petrol engine take about N22.5bn to fuel it within the year.
“The motorcycles we have will require N834.4m to fuel. And those vehicles using diesel will require N4bn to fuel.
“So, if you compute this, with what has been proposed, fuel alone will take the chunk of the money that has been budgeted not to talk of maintenance. If we’re to maintain our vehicles and motorcycles, it’ll take about N8.04bn in a year.”
The IGP further reported that N469.4bn was the 2021 budget estimate for the police, but was scaled down to N449.6bn.