Arase Makes Case For Local Breed, As Dog Spending Hit N600m

The Nigerian Police Force spent over N600 million for the procurement and maintenance of foreign dogs in the country.

The  Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase,  disclosed this at the commissioning of the ultra-modern mounted troop/veterinary complex and state of the art dog breeding centre, yesterday in Abuja.

According to him, the construction of the Dog Breeding Centre was to aid the Nigeria Police acquire capacity to locally breed police dogs and be self-reliant in dog breeding as well as maintenance in a cost effective manner.

Arase lamented that huge funds were being expended on importation of dogs from foreign countries,  even though  some of these dogs rarely adapt to Nigeria’s policing climes, saying, “This is certainly not sustainable especially in the face of dwindling resources.”

Meanwhile, he disclosed that  in support of  government  policy on Made-In-Nigeria Goods, the Nigeria police has adopted Binggo Dog food for their dogs to help the naira and general economy.

Arase said the construction of the Dog Breeding Centre was to aid the Nigeria Police acquire capacity to locally breed police dogs and be self-reliant in dog breeding as well as maintenance in a cost effective manner.“The initiative is also designed to, in the long-term, support the operations dog requirement of sister law enforcement organisations, armed forces as well as breeding of friendly puppies for the civilian population on commercial basis. This is with the intention of evolving the centre into a self-sustaining dog breeding centre as practiced in other climes.

“The breeding centre being commissioned today has the capacity to conveniently breed and supply police dogs to the entire West African sub-region and it is projected that at optimal breeding capacity, it can produce well above 200 dogs per year. “With this commissioning, procurement of dogs for policing activities from foreign countries would now become a thing of the past.

Nigeria Police Force Spends N600m On Procurement Of Dogs

The Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr Solomon Arase, has said that the Nigeria Police Force had spent over N600 million on the procurement and maintenance of foreign dogs in the last few years.

 

Arase made the disclosure at the inauguration of the Police Dog Breeding Centre and Ultra Modern Mounted Troop in Abuja on Thursday.

 

“This is certainly not sustainable in the face of the current dwindling resources,”he said.

 

The IG said that so much money was being spent on the importation of dogs from foreign countries that rarely adapted to the country’s policing objective.

 

He said that the projects inaugurated were funded within the budgetary provisions of the Force Animal Branch.

Arase said that the force animal branch had remained underutilised in the past while the force continued to rely on importation of dogs and other animals for its operations.

He said that the centre was built to aid the police acquire capacity to locally breed police dogs as well as support other security agencies in the country.

The Police boss said that the centre if effectively utilised, would save the nation some foreign exchange that would have gone into procurement of dogs from foreign countries.

The IG said that the centre had the capacity to breed and supply police dogs to the entire West African sub-region.

“It is projected that at optimal breeding capacity, it can produce well above 200 dogs per year,“he said.

He said that the establishment of the facilities was part of the long term strategies aimed at restoring police primacy and aligning it to best global standards.

In a remark, the Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, said the projects were timely considering the current security challenges facing the country.

Dambazau said that Nigerians deserved a police that was competent and reliable.

He said that the projects would not only reduce spending but would also provide job opportunities for other Nigerians aside from the police.

The high point of the occasion was a display by police dogs and award presentation to the Minister of Interior, Arase, and Mr Mike Okiro, Chairman, Police Service Commission, among others.

 

 

(NAN)

70 Vehicles, N600m Generators, ACs Recovered From Yuguda- Bauchi Gov.

Bauchi State governor Mohammed Abubakar has said that the state government through its Recovery Committee has so far recovered over 70 vehicles, N600million generators and a number of air conditioners from the officials of the immediate past administration of former Governor Isa Yuguda.

Abubakar stated this during an official opening of register by the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) to collect signatures in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war in Abuja.

The governor explained that immediately after his assumption of office, he started to toe the line of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-graft war by setting up a recovery committee, which was saddled with the responsibility of recovering all illegally-acquired vehicles and lands by the immediate past government functionaries.

He said, “I’m happy to be the first governor to register support for President Muhammadu Bahari’s anti-corruption war initiated by National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN). I believe the anti-corruption drive would also be factored along good governance, fighting corruption and security of lives and property.”

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