The Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority has handed over 16 serviceable patrol vehicles to the Nigeria Police Force in other to enhance security operations for the speedy completion of the Abuja – Kaduna – Kano Road.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, NSIA, Mr. Uche Orji, while handing over the patrol vehicles Tuesdays, to the Inspector General of Police, at the Force Headquarters said the donation is at the behest of President Muhammadu Buhari, last year to support the Police with security enhancement along that road.
He said the role played by the NSIA us in its capacity as the fund manager to the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund under which the Abuja-Kano Road project is being constructed.
According to Orji, the vehicles which are fully equipped with the specifics of the Police will secure the lives of workers, residents, travelers as well as government assets.
“The Authority is of the view that security is essential to economic development. With this mind set, our goal is to ensure that across all NSIA projects, investments are made to secure lives and property.
“The donation of these 16 patrol vehicles under the PIDF to the Nigeria Police Force is in response to equip the police to better protect the lives of workers, residents, travellers as well as government assets along the AKR project which is presently ongoing.
“Obviously, from the enormity of challenges we face, a significant number of resources is required. But we are hoping that this will go somewhere in helping the work that the IGP and your men are doing.”
In his acceptance speech, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali -Baba commended the NSIA for the gesture saying it will help to address the state of insecurity along the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano road.
Alkali-Baba vowed that the Police will henceforth, work closely with the Authority going forward.