FG starts paying police pay raise in January

The Federal Executive Council approved a 20% increase in salaries for Nigerian police personnel effective January 2022.

Police Minister Maigari Dingyadi revealed it to State House correspondents at the end of the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council chaired by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired), in the hall of the Council, Presidential Villa, Abuja, Wednesday.

The minister explained that the increase in remuneration resulted from the demands of young people during the #EndSARS protests that rocked the country in October 2020.

Part of the demands made by the protesters were for an upward revision of salaries and an increase in the welfare of police personnel.

Dingyadi added that the approval was in line with the president’s promise to increase the salaries of police personnel, as demanded by the protesters.

One of the ways to improve the relationship between the force and the Nigerian people, he said.

He said the council also approved the revision of the police service tour pay and shift pay to six percent, as well as the release of 1.2 billion naira for the payment. uninsured benefits.

The minister said that an amount of 13.13 billion naira had been approved for the exceptional death benefits of 5,472 police officers. He said, however, that payment would only begin after the Federation’s Auditor General reviewed and approved it.

Dingyadi also announced a tax exemption of N18.6 billion for junior police personnel.

It won’t be the first time the president has approved a pay hike for police officers.

In November 2018, the President verbally approved an improved salary structure for the FNP and gave assurances that his administration would continue to pay attention to the welfare and operational needs of the force.

However, the directive did not lead to any changes in the police pay structure.

For her part, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning Zainab Ahmed said the upward revision of police salaries was not reflected in the 2022 appropriation bill, adding that the government could raise a supplementary budget, which would be sent to the National Assembly for approval.

Dingyadi said, “The Federal Executive Council, under the chairmanship of the President, has approved the review and revaluation of the net salary of police personnel in this country.

“You will recall that in October 2020 this country was rocked by the #EndSARS protests. The President had to address the nation and appealed for calm, after which he promised Nigerians that the salaries of the police officers would be reviewed and improved in order to increase their take home pay in recognition of the services they have received. returned to this country in the zones of maintenance of peace and tranquility.

“Thus, the Federal Executive Council approved today (Wednesday) this salary revision proposal, which will come into force in January 2022. But we have tried to avoid a situation where we would be dealing with improvement or improvement. revision of the salary scale for police officers, but we have tried to create a situation where their take-home pay will be improved by improving issues such as the duty tour allowance, which has been revised to six percent of the new net salary.

“The board also approved the payment of N1,000 120,172.15 for past due benefits of our staff for an uninsured period from 2013 to August 2020 that was not covered by group life insurance.

“It also approved the release of N 13,127,972,269.20 for the payment of unpaid death benefits for 5,472 staff members for the uninsured period from 2013 to August 2021 not covered by the insurance scheme. group life. The Council also approved the payment of 1.2 billion naira as payment for overdue barrel expenses for the staff period from January 2012 to 2021. ”

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