Punch Nigeria Limited has requested the current salary structures of the military and the police from the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission.
The request, which was filed under the Freedom of Information Act 2011, was sequel to complaints about the poor remuneration of security operatives and their alleged lack of motivation to confront the security challenges in the country.
The letter, which was addressed to the acting Chairman, NSIWC, Mr Ekpe Nta , dated October 8, 2021, and received on the same date by the commission, was signed by the head, Abuja Bureau, The PUNCH Newspapers, Mr Olalekan Adetayo.
It was titled, ‘Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2011 on the salary structure of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Air Force and the Nigeria Police.’
The letter reads, “We hereby request the current salary structure of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Air Force and the Nigeria Police. The response could come in hard or soft copy.
“In case of soft copy, kindly forward the responses to: [email protected]
“Based on the provision of the FOI Act, we hope our request will be granted within seven days of your receipt of this letter.”
Before the FOI request was filed, our correspondent had approached the commission’s spokesman, Mr Emmanuel Njoku, for the current salary structure of the military and the police but he suggested that it could only be obtained officially.
The PUNCH had reported a promise by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to increase police salaries in 2019, which had not been implemented to date.
In the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests in October 2020, the President in a live broadcast directed the NSIWC to speed up the new salary structure for members of the police force, adding that the emoluments of other paramilitary services were also being reviewed upwards.
In June this year during his visit to Lagos to inaugurate the 157-kilometre Lagos-Ibadan standard rail project, Buhari disclosed that he had directed the commission to review upwards police salaries and benefits.
When asked for an update on the presidential directive, the NSIWC spokesman said he had no information on it.
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