• Increases service travel allowance to 6%
• Approves the payment of 1.012 billion naira for uninsured staff from 2013 to 2020
• Agree, 13.12 billion naira in death benefits for 5,472 staff members from 2013 to August 2021
• N18.6 billion tax exemption approved for junior officers from October 2021
Deji Elumoye in Abuja
In an effort to boost morale, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved a new social assistance package, including a 20 percent increase in allowances, for Nigerian police personnel. Police Minister Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi revealed it in Abuja as he addressed reporters at the end of the FEC’s weekly virtual meeting at the State House, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Dingyadi said the increases would take effect from January 2022.
Other programs announced by the federal government included a tax exemption for junior officers from October 2021 and payment of unpaid funds for uninsured personnel between 2013 and 2020.
Dingyadi said the FEC has also approved a review and revaluation of the net salary of police personnel in Nigeria.
The pay hike came amid horrific revelations and controversies following reports and recommendations from #EndSARS panels set up by state governments to investigate the protests, which rocked the country last year. .
Dingyadi recalled that in October 2020 Nigeria was rocked by the #EndSARS protests and the President addressed the country and called for calm. He said the president also promised a review of police salaries to improve their take-home pay in recognition of the service they have rendered to the country in terms of maintaining peace and order.
The Minister explained, “We have tried to create a situation where their take-home pay will be improved by increasing their allowances. “
Dingyadi listed the allowances and approvals of police personnel that were revised upwards to include the duty tour allowance, which was increased to 6% of the new take-home pay. The Board also approved the payment of N 1.12 billion for the settlement of unpaid staff benefits for the uninsured period between 2013 and 2020, which had not been covered by the group personal insurance program.
He said: “The FEC has also approved the release of N13, 127, 972, 260 (thirteen billion one hundred and twenty seven million nine hundred and seventy-two thousand two hundred and sixty-nine naira) for payment as unpaid death benefits of 5 472 staff members. during the uninsured period 2013 to August 2021, not covered by group life insurance.
“The Board also approved the payment of $ 1.2 billion as payment for overdue funeral expenses for the staff period from January 2012 to 2021.
“The Council also graciously approved the annual insurance premiums of 750 million naira as well as the payment of four billion eight hundred and twelve million five hundred thousand naira for repairs and replacement of damaged police infrastructure in future budgets, to from 2022.
“The Council also approved a tax exemption in the amount of eighteen billion six hundred million for personnel, junior police officers, in order to increase their net salary, this will take effect from October 2021.
Likewise, the government has also approved the increase in the current rent subsidy, which currently stands between 15 and 20 percent, amounting to 61 billion naira, the increase is 40 percent of the structure Consolidated Wage Policy (CONPOST) amounting to seventy-eight billion three hundred million naira, an increase of about sixteen billion four hundred million naira. “It also approved the payment of an additional six percent service allowance for officers at levels 01-14 and supervisor allowances for officers at levels 15 and above. This will rise to around ten billion and thirty million naira as of 2022. More importantly, the government has also approved the payment of around 20 percent of CONPOST, these are special allowances to boost morale and bring back the Nigerian police salary.
“That 20 percent is a percentage of the total salary, known as the special allowance. This is a new allowance created to improve their take-home pay.
Dingyadi added that all the proposed allowances and salary structure will be compiled and forwarded to the Federation Auditor General’s office (AuGF) and the Wages and Salaries Commission for verification and proper review.
He said: “It is thereafter that the general accountant of the Federation will be responsible for approving the payment. We can see that with this development now, the police would earn a more attractive salary that will be commensurate with what they are doing. What we expect from the police after that is to redouble their efforts and to justify the confidence that the President and the FEC have in them.
“As a ministry, we will do everything in our power to ensure that we improve performance and the relationship between the police and the public to ensure that they justify this good gesture.”
The minister stressed that although the proposal may not have been included in the 2022 finance bill, it would be supported through a supplementary budget that would be sent to the National Assembly for approval at a later date.
Finance, Budget and National Planning Minister Zainab Ahmed, who was also present at the press conference, said the increase in police salaries was not part of the federal government’s 2022 budget proposal currently before the National Assembly. Ahmed assured that the increase in police salaries would take effect once the supplementary budget is approved by the legislature.
“No, we are not talking about an entry into force in January 2022. But the effective date is still January 2022. When all the problems are resolved, a supplementary budget will be sent to parliament.”