Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday named a former Inspector General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba, as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said in a statement that the appointment was in compliance with the Nigeria Police Trust Fund Establishment Act, 2019.
The president also appointed Mr. Ahmed Sokoto as the Executive Secretary of the board; Mr. Nnamdi Mbaeri as representative of the Ministry of Police Affairs; Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, as the representative of Nigeria Police Force; and Mr. Usman Bilkisu as the representative of the Ministry of Justice.
Others are Mr. Ben Akabueze, Director-General of Budget and National Planning as the representative of the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning; Mr. Mansur Ahmed as representative of the organised labour; and Dr. Michael Adebiyi to represent the civil society groups.
The presidency said the appointments were in furtherance of the Buhari administration’s commitment and drive to retooling policing architecture in the country by emplacing the Police Trust Fund to meet the aspiration of a well-funded, equipped and highly professional Nigeria Police Force in line with international best practices.
“This objective informed President Buhari’s re-establishment of the Ministry of Police Affairs on August 20, 2019,” it said.
It said the president commended state governors, members of the National Assembly and Nigerians for their patriotic and spirited efforts at reforming policing architecture to deepen the country’s internal security.
“The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, will announce the inauguration date of the Board of Trustees of the Police Trust Fund,” the statement added.