Ten months after President Muhammadu Buhari approved an increase in police salaries and allowances , men of the Nigeria Police Force have yet to receive the pay rise .
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indicated that the directive had not been implemented going by complaints from the rank and file of the force who lamented that they were still being paid old salaries .
The President had in November , 2018, approved an enhanced salary structure for the NPF .
By the approval of the Rank Salary Structure Adjustment , salaries , allowances and pension of policemen were expected to be increased , though the percentage of the increment was not disclosed.
But junior and senior police officers , who spoke to our correspondent in Abuja on Thursday , flayed the government , describing the directive as “an empty promise. ”
Speaking on condition of anonymity , an Assistant Superintendent of Police stated that his expectations had been dashed following the failure of the government to implement the new salary structure .
The ASP , who is serving in the Federal Capital Territory, noted that the delayed implementation of the presidential directive showed that the FG was not serious about the welfare of the police .
He said, “When we heard about the pay rise for policemen , we were excited , but what did we get for our expectations? We have nothing but disappointment .
“If the pay rise was meant for the political class, it would have been implemented within weeks . The non -implementation of the new salary structure has demoralised many of us . ”
A Commissioner of Police , who pleaded not to be named , also knocked the government for not prioritising the welfare of the police.
A mobile policeman in Lagos also lamented that the wait for the new salary was getting long .
The Force spokesman , DCP Frank Mba , declined to comment.
However , a security analyst , Ben Okezie , said it was unfortunate that the government could pay the furniture and car allowances for new members of the National Assembly while ignoring police welfare .
He added , “The President should do everything possible to implement the pay rise . They ( FG ) don ’ t have any excuse not to pay the new salary structure . ”
The Executive Director , United Global Resolve for Peace, Shalom Olaseni, argued that the failure of the Buhari administration to enforce the directive on pay rise would demoralise the men of the Force .
“Low remuneration has long been identified as part of the reasons Nigerian police officers compromise on their sworn duties to uphold the law; the increase in their salaries allowances would go a long way to discourage such misconduct , ” he said.
An activist and Convener, Free Nigeria Movement , Raphael Adebayo , said the non implementation of the pay rise showed that the much-touted commitment of the President to national security was suspect.
Olaseni stated , “It is an indictment on the often-mouthed commitment of the Federal Government to ending the insecurity crises in the country .
You cannot be promising to end insecurity on the one hand and continue to deprive those who would bring about the fulfillment of that promise on the other . ”