The Police Service Commission has earmarked N3.4bn for local transportation of its 402 staff this year, the Chairman of the commission, Mr. Mike Okiro said, Tuesday.
Speaking when he appeared before the members of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, he said the money if approved would be used by the 402 staff of the commission to monitor the activities of the Police in across the country.
Okiro, a former Inspector General of Police said N223m have been budgeted for advertisement in Newspapers. The commission also budgeted N260m for the purchase of vehicles.
When the Senators asked him to give details of the N3.4bn budget, Okiro said the commission has been underfunded over the years.
“The mandate of the commission is to monitor the conduct of the Police. It behoves the staff of the commission to travel wide in order to see what the Police are doing.
“The Police Service Commission monitors the recruitment of police and if there are complaints against the Police, we move from one state to the other,” he said.
On the allocation to publicity, he said:” We place advertisement for recruitment of Constables and Police Academy Kano. All these cost money. You know what it cost to place a full page advert on newspaper?”
Okiro, who said the commission was grossly underfunded, said the PSC would embark on recruitment of staff this year.
“You can use your wisdom to adjust the budget, “he told the senators.
Chairman of Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim who expressed shock over the budget asked the commission to adjust it, saying” Go back and justify your budget “.
He said his Committee will today visit the headquarters of the commission to see the ongoing construction that has gulp over N3bn.