In a significant move to enhance operational efficiency, the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has pledged its commitment to refurbish and modernise redundant operational assets of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF).
This initiative encompasses the renovation of vehicles, helicopters, as well as confiscated and forfeited vehicles, aiming to boost the force’s operational capacity and improve national security, aligning with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s security agenda.
The commitment was conveyed by the executive vice-chairman (EVC) of NASENI, Mr. Khalil Halilu during a meeting with the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Kayode Egbetokun, at the Force Headquarters at the weekend in Abuja.
Halilu outlined NASENI’s plan to mobilize financial and technical resources to retool, upgrade, and modernise the NPF vehicle maintenance workshops nationwide. Additionally, the agency aims to recover, repair and reactivate all non-functional police vehicles.
The project’s benefits include improved security, compliance with climate change action through vehicle conversion to electric and compressed natural gas (CNG), support for local content efforts by prioritising locally manufactured materials, opportunities for skill acquisition and job creation and commercial returns to sustain ongoing maintenance of police assets, a statement signed by the agency’s director information and protocol, Olusegun Ayeoyenikan.
In response, IGP Egbetokun, expressed optimism about the positive impact of the collaboration between NASENI and the NPF. He acknowledged the potential improvements in the force’s operations, security architecture and overall service delivery.
Egbetokun assured NASENI of the Nigeria Police Force’s cooperation and support in delivering on its mandate. This partnership signifies a crucial step towards enhancing the effectiveness of law enforcement and security operations in the country.