Police upgrades budget office, commissions finance building

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

The management of the Nigeria Police Force has upgraded the office of its Budget Office to the next level as part of efforts to further consolidate the force’s self accounting status.This is coming just as the force has commissioned a building to house the offices its personnel in charge of its accounts and finances.

Outgoing Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase on Monday made the disclosure relating to the upgrading of the unit during his speech at the official commissioning of the building in Abuja.

In his speech, he said, “The commissioning of the Nigeria Police Finance building you are witnessing today is part of the ongoing restructuring of the Nigeria Police Budget and Accounting System to key into the financial reforms in the public sector.

“In this regard therefore, the Police Management has upgraded the Office of the Commissioner of Police, (Budget) to Assistant Inspector-General of Police, (Police Accounts and Budget).An organogram to meet this new structure has already been approved.”

Arase also said the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation has posted directors of finance and accounts and internal audit to work alongside police personnel.

“The commissioning of this edifice is meant to provide conducive working environment for our Finance Officers including the Civilian components that are scattered in various locations as a result of inadequate office accommodation. The construction of this building is part of steps to fully actualize the self-accounting status.” He said.

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