The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) has donated 16 pickup trucks to the Nigeria Police Force to forestall crime and improve surveillance along the Kaduna-Abuja-Kano expressway.
The vehicles, manufactured by Nigeria’s first automobile manufacturer, Innoson, were handed over during a ceremony held at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.
Managing Director of NSIA, Uche Orji expressed hope that the initiative will drive vigilance and security at infrastructure project sites.
Orji said; “The Authority is of the view that security is essential to economic development. With this mindset, our goal is to ensure that across all NSIA projects, investments are made to secure lives and property.
“The donation of these 16 patrol vehicles under the PIDF to the Nigeria Police Force is in response to equip the police to better protect the lives of workers, residents, travellers as well as government assets along the AKR project which is presently ongoing.
“Obviously, from the enormity of challenges we face, a significant number of resources is required. But we are hoping that this will go somewhere in helping the work that the IGP and your men are doing.”
The Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali-Baba, who received the vehicles, praised the NSIA and stated that the patrol trucks will be very useful to policing and crime prevention.