– Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has said that states should not be given the burden of funding community policing
– The Ondo governor said that the states need financial support from the federal government
– Akeredolu said that the matter will soon be brought before President Muhammadu Buhari
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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo has kicked against the idea of state funding community policing in Nigeria.
Governor Akeredolu said that the Nigerian Governors’ Forum will have to table the issue before President Muhammadu Buhari for his intervention, Channels TV reports.
The governor argued that except the federal government allocates funds to states for this purpose, governors will be over-burdened with the task of running the project.
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Speaking on Wednesday, August 26, Akeredolu said: “The burden of states will keep increasing. We will be the ones that will fund community police. Where is the money going to come from?
“I am sure that they are taking this thing too far (that) governors will have to pay. We have argued this. They started by saying it will be voluntary, they are not going to pay.
“They now shift the burden on the state governors again. Are you increasing their allocation? Which state governor will accept that?”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Governor Seyi Makinde-led government in Oyo state had given approval of a whopping N59.7 million for the take-off of the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) popularly known as Amotekun.
The disclosure was made by the state information commissioner, Wasiu Olatunbosun, on Tuesday, August 4, after the executive meeting held virtually.
Olatunbosun said the state government made approval for the procurement of 3000 units of uniforms, combat boots, lanyard, baseball hats, security belts, worsted boots, and the production of the logo to distinguish the personnel from other security agencies in the state.
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