By Stanley Adoko Benin City, Bright Rogun Lagos, Silvester Onigbe Abuja.
IF YOU WANT A BETTER POLICING JOIN THE CAMPAIGN FOR A BETTER WELFARE
An NGO, Advocacy for Better Welfare of Nigeria Police, on Thursday canvassed a minimum wage of at least N200, 000 for the least policeman in the Nigeria Police to ensure quality service delivery.
Mr Solomon Bankole, the President of the group, who made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said that it had become imperative to sanitise and rebrand Nigeria Police through improved welfare.
According to him, the time has come to improve the condition of service of police officers to get the best out of them.
“It has become imperative to update and upwardly review the monthly salary of all officers, rank and file with a minimum of N200,000 for the least officer.
“We must advocate for improved policies and continuous review of such policies to hold the police accountable for better services and respect for human rights,” Bankole said.
The president, who called for proper discipline for all officers to serve with integrity, urged the Federal Government to prioritise regular provision of kits and motivations for the police.
He said the annual budgetary allocation expected to take care of the welfare of officers and rank and file of the Nigeria Police should be disbursed for its purposes as expected.
“For Nigerians to have a better society, there is a need for better police. Policing is a special duty and that is the reason for our campaign for better welfare package for police officers.
“There won’t be a change in the image of Nigeria Police and public perception with poor remuneration, lack of kits and other equipment designed to make the work efficient.
“With good pay, necessary kits and other equipment and motivation, most of the police misconducts and abuses will be reduced,” Bankole said.
According to him, the group will not relent on its calls for strict discipline, adherence to rule of law, human rights protection and quest for international best practices in policing.
He urged the government to be committed to removing hatred, disrepute, public hostility and loss of confidence in the police through improved welfare package.
“We are advocating for respect of rule of law and human rights of all Nigerians and foreign nationals in Nigeria.
“We are also advocating for improved policies and continuous review of such policies to hold the police accountable for better services and respect for human rights.
“Our group have strong belief in the sacrificial journey to sanitise and rebrand the image of Nigeria Police,” the president said.
WHEN THE MASSES SEE NIGERIA POLICE AS A CORRUPT ORGANIZATION WITHOUT KNOWING THE CAUSES.
In another development Nigerians home and abroad are in dismay over the ill treatment of Nigeria Government to it’s lawful citizens who are serving members of the Nigeria Police.
Speaking yesterday in joint zoom program some CSO,s highlighted the issues facing the police in Nigeria.
Mr. Tunji Abasa listed the 14 cardinal issues of a Nigeria Police Officer
1. Police salary is very poor thereby given criminal opportunity to entice officers with money. And we want corrupt free officers.
2. When you visit most of the police Division, apart from arms and ammunitions which may be intact, it is very rear to see good chairs, table fan etc, at the Charge Room.
3.The Admin office is nothing to write about. No Sets of functioning computer and other vital stationeries, rats and cockroaches find their houses in personnel files.
Yet, the Government and the entire citizens are looking up for prompt and active administration
4. No serviceable power generator for all the Divisions outposts and there about.
5.The DPOs source for finance to furnish his/her office from anywhere, yet we are looking for justice in the system.
6. An injured Policeman in the cause of his duty is abandoned to carry his cross. For example the story of chivita
Yet, we are looking for commitment from this men of the Nigeria Police
7. Policemen take out of their meager salary to buy kits for themselves and yet there are provisions for kit stores.
8. The patrol vans were either donated by state govt, companies, communities or individuals and the fueling and maintenance is the responsibility of the men on that patrol yet we are shouting extortion and looking up for Quick Response Unit.
9. The DCOs and his/her IPOs manages themselves on cases allocated for investigation, no provision for writing materials.
Case Files, Statement forms, Bail Bonds, and other stationeries are bought by IPOs.
Yet, we keep on shouting Bail is free to this men.
10. Transfer everyday!
Officers and men are been transferred either intra or inter state. The police authority don’t care where the transferee will put his/her head before settling down in the new place. Special duties come without prompt allowances Yet, we are shouting ineffectiveness.
11.Posting of personnel is mostly by lobbying and politicians determine the posting of many officers and men. It is not on merit or experience.
12. Some people were recruited and given special promotion ahead of experienced in-service men.
13. Officers and men are living in leaking and dilapidated barracks while their mates in other organisations build their own houses.
14. No sound education, no balanced diet for their children, and lots more…. And during his or her retirement he or she is grappled with wicked hands of Contributory Pension Managers and almost nothing is given to him or her
MANY NONACTUALIZED PROMISES MADE BY BUHARI GOVERNMENT
President Muhammadu Buhari said that he has directed the upward review of salaries and benefits for police officers in the country.
This is part of the present administration’s efforts at reforming and repositioning the Nigerian Police Force and national policing architecture especially at this period when the country is going through serious security challenges.
This disclosure was made by the President while delivering a speech on Thursday, during a one-day visit to Lagos State, to inaugurate the 157-kilometre Lagos-Ibadan standard rail project at the Mobolaji Johnson railway station in Ebutte Metta and the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, otherwise known as the Deep Blue Project.
BUHARI’S STATEMENT THAT NEVER CAME TO PASS
“We are currently recruiting 10,000 new police officers to reinforce our personnel capacity across the country. In addition, I have directed the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission to carry out an upward review of Police salaries and benefits.
Let me also use this opportunity to commend the leadership of the Force for their efforts, for the reforms being implemented in the area of police pensions. I have charged the Inspector General of Police to leave no stone unturned in the rebuilding of the morale of his officers and men.
Let me also use this opportunity to reiterate that my directive to security agencies to shoot any person or persons found illegally with AK 47 and other assault weapons remain in place.”
President Buhari said that no government since 1999 had been as committed as his administration in reforming and repositioning the Nigeria Police Force and national policing architecture.
He said, “In 2019, I signed into law the Act establishing the Nigeria Police Trust Fund, the first in the history of the Force, to provide guaranteed funding to support Police welfare, logistics and equipment.
In September 2020, I assented to the bill amending the Nigeria Police Act, which was originally enacted in 1943. This new Act, a vast improvement over the old one, among other things, spells out the modalities for the implementation of a National Community Policing Scheme in Nigeria.
This new scheme will build confidence within our local communities and make them active stakeholders in the safety and security of their environs.’’
NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT YET TO INCREASE POLICE WELFARE PACKAGES AS PROMISED BY BUHARI
Despite President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise to reform the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), which includes increasing the salaries and improving the welfare of police personnel, nothing has been done.
The country had witnessed days of #EndSARS protests aimed at putting a stop to police brutality and comprehensively reforming the force.
The demands of the protesters had included increment in the salaries of police officers, which the government promised to address.
But about two months after, a top source in the police force told SaharaReporters that nothing had been done by the government regarding the demands of the protesters to improve the welfare of police personnel.
The source, however, revealed that efforts were already in place to implement a new salary structure following a recent directive by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, which he described as different from outright salary increment.
According to the source, the new structure is being prepared by the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
He said, “The new salary structure that we have now was prepared by IPPIS. A police constable earns nothing less than N40, 000. Then, as regards the promises made so far after the #EndSARS saga, we’ve not seen anything.
“But we strongly believe that some things are in the pipeline. The IGP has gone round most of the states, which I’m aware of and he mentioned that the welfare packages of police officers were being looked into alongside the salary structure, starting from himself down to the least police constable. We are hoping that by January, we’ll see the difference in the salary structure.
“All these things involve some processes; we believe once they implement it, there will be some arrears. Let’s hope by January, we will see some changes.
“The IPPIS is to prepare the new salary structure for the police. We have MSS (Mechanised Salary Section), MSS, which used to be used for the police salary before IPPIS came. IPPIS and MSS are working hand in hand now.
“Actually, when IPPIS came, there were some deductions. I think it happened in other sectors too like in the military. There were some deductions but after that, some amounts of money were added to the salaries, maybe N2, 500 or so, I can’t even remember.”
The source dismissed claims that there was an increment in the salary of police officers, explaining that what happened was adjustment in salary.
He added: “There was a salary adjustment for police officers, not salary increment. There was a rumour at a time that the salaries of police personnel had been increased. There was no increment, it was an adjustment in salary structure that was done. They are two different things.
“There was adjustment in salary structure. In the ministry, they don’t have levels but we do; we have level 11 up to 17. There was an adjustment in that structure to suit what the Department of State Services is using; to balance it up, just like an equivalent.
“For a newly recruited Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), before now, they used to be on Level 8 but now, they are put on Level 9 due to that structure adjustment. Level 9 for unconfirmed ASP, level 10 for confirmed ASP, a Deputy Superintendent of Police is on Level 11, and a Superintendent of Police is on Level 12.
“There was an adjustment in the structure not salary increment. Though indirectly, once there is an adjustment in structure, your salary will also increase but the salary for that particular level remains. But once there is a minimum wage adjustment, the salary for that level will increase.”