The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has unveiled its dedication to refurbish and upgrade redundant operational assets of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), including vehicles, helicopters, and confiscated or forfeited vehicles. This initiative aims to bolster the operational capacity of the Police Force and contribute to the broader national security objectives outlined in President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Security Agenda.
Mr. Khalil Suleiman Halilu, the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of NASENI, made this commitment during a meeting with the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Kayode Egbetokun, at the Force Headquarters on Friday, February 2, 2024.
Halilu affirmed that NASENI would mobilize both financial and technical resources to retool, upgrade, and modernize the NPF Vehicle Maintenance Workshops nationwide. The agency also plans to recover, repair, and reactivate non-functional police vehicles, contributing to a more robust and efficient police fleet.
The benefits of this collaboration include improved security measures, adherence to climate change action by converting NPF vehicles from petrol and diesel to electric and compressed natural gas (CNG). Additionally, the project will champion local content efforts by prioritizing the use of locally manufactured materials, offer opportunities for skill acquisition and job creation, and provide commercial returns to sustain ongoing maintenance of police assets.
The Inspector General of Police expressed his optimism about the collaborative efforts between NASENI and the NPF, emphasizing the positive impact on the Police Force’s operations, security architecture, and overall service delivery. Mr. Egbetokun assured NASENI of the full cooperation of the Nigeria Police Force in facilitating the necessary support for the successful delivery of the agency’s mandate.