The Police Service Commission has approved the payment of six months’ arrears for 2021/2022 recruits deployed in several commands and formations nationwide.
The spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, said the decision was informed by national security.
He said “The commission’s prompt response also followed outcry and appeals from Nigerians that the 2021/2022 police recruits, who are yet to be enrolled into the Federal Government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and had not received salary six months after they passed out of police colleges and duly posted to commands and formations for active work, are not made victims of the face-off between the commission and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
“The commission’s approval for enrolment of 1,007 recruited personnel into the NPF in the recruitment exercise of 2021/2022 into the IPPIS payment platform for purposes of salaries and other emoluments has been conveyed to the Accountant General of the Federation.”
In a letter signed by Permanent Secretary/Secretary to the commission, Ifeoma Anyanwutaku, and dated May 5, 2023, PSC requested for “prompt and favourable response in activating and emplacing the necessary processes and procedures at ensuring that these police officers are immediately captured on the required payment platform, and paid accordingly.”
The commission’s chairman and erstwhile Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, “feels a sense of discomfiture over newspaper reports that the officers have since resorted to alms begging and other untidy acts to sustain themselves and has, therefore, moved immediately to resolve all pending and envisaged issues surrounding the matter.”