In the general context of things today’s war against the internal and external forces of insecurity have gone beyond the manual and physical process of training, arming, and deploying security personnel from place to place or merely budgeting vague sums of money for the running and operations of agencies charged with securing lives and property.
A dearth of 21st-century security training and sparse distribution of decently trained force men plus a glaring gap and disconnect between force objectives and performance levels leaves Nigeria in a precarious position when it comes to dealing with its internal security problems.
From the year 2014 to 2016, Nigeria budgeted the sums of 932 billion, 969 billion, and 1.063 trillion each year for security while in 2017 and 2018 the country allocated the sum of 1.323 trillion and 1.142 trillion each of these years to the sector.
The recurrent expenditure component of these sums is estimated to constitute at least 85%-90% of the total budgetary allocation leaving very paltry or negligible sums for investment in key security infrastructure including innovative technology-based solutions and hardware which have gradually become an indispensable component of modern-day security and policing.
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