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Security vote: Governors fund police more than FG, says Fayemi

Security vote: Governors fund police more than FG, says Fayemi
March 10
15:51 2022

Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti, says the police get more funding from states than from the federal government.

The governor said this on Thursday, while commenting on security vote at a panel discussion organised by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in partnership with the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD).

Security vote is a monthly allocation given to state governments for improved security.

Fayemi, who is also the chairman of the NGF, said aside from the police, other security agencies also get support from governors.

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“Some states have something called security vote. It is not all states. Security vote has a history and I will urge you to look for a book by chief Jerome Udoji — ‘[Under] Three Masters’, that’s what the book is called. You will find in that book the origins of security vote in Nigeria,” he said.

“I also get feedback from other states in my capacity as chairman of the governors’ forum. There is hardly any of these institutions that you are talking about that we don’t fund. We fund the police — we fund the police more than the federal government. Quote me.

“State governors fund police more than the federal government. We buy them vehicles; we pay them allowances. In some cases, we even buy ammunition; of course, under the authority.

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“In 36 states in this country today, the military is involved in internal security operations, which really is a problem, because for me it’s a role inflation.

“Now, when you inflate the role of the security institution beyond its primary responsibility, you also have consequences that will come with that. That may not be palatable, but that’s where we are, because most Nigerians don’t trust the police.

“But if you engage the military in a civil authority, your state is only responsible to pay for the rations of the men that are engaged in that activity. It is not expected to have the military also share that burden because that’s not their primary responsibility. You’ve taken them out of their primary responsibility; you have to pay for it.

“So, we pay for that. We pay for civil defence. There is no security institution that you have that states are not responsible for more than the federal government that has primary responsibility for them.”

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The governor, who also spoke on local government autonomy, saying the third tier of the government is the business of the state.

The local government autonomy, he added, is a “populist demand”.

Fayemi also said elections at the local government level should be conducted by the state electoral body and not the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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