The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has reaffirmed its commitment to refurbishing and modernizing redundant operational assets of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), including vehicles, helicopters, and confiscated automobiles, as part of efforts to bolster the country’s security apparatus in alignment with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Security Agenda.
Mr. Khalil Suleiman Halilu, the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NASENI, unveiled the agency’s pledge during a visit to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Kayode Egbetokun, at the Force Headquarters on Friday, February 2, 2024.
Halilu emphasized NASENI’s readiness to mobilize both financial and technical resources to revitalize NPF Vehicle Maintenance Workshops across the nation, aiming to retool, upgrade, and modernize police vehicles that are currently non-functional.
The NASENI chief outlined several benefits expected from the initiative, including enhanced security, alignment with climate change mitigation efforts through the conversion of NPF vehicles to electric and compressed natural gas (CNG) propulsion systems, and support for local content by prioritizing locally manufactured materials. Additionally, the project aims to create opportunities for skill acquisition, job creation, and sustainable commercial returns to facilitate the ongoing maintenance of police assets.
In response, Inspector General Kayode Egbetokun lauded the collaboration between NASENI and the NPF, highlighting its potential to positively impact police operations, security architecture, and overall service delivery. He assured full cooperation from the Nigeria Police Force in providing the necessary support to NASENI to effectively fulfill its mandate.
The meeting between Mr. Halilu and Mr. Egbetokun signifies a crucial step towards revitalizing Nigeria’s law enforcement infrastructure, reflecting a concerted effort to strengthen national security and promote innovation-driven solutions in policing