FEC approves 20% salary increase for police officers
By Olajide Meseko
The federal executive council (FEC) has approved a 20 percent salary increase for officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
The salary upgrade is expected to take effect in January 2022.
Maigari Dingyadi, minister of police affairs, disclosed this to state house correspondents on Wednesday after the FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja.
Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, budget and national planning, said although the pay increase has not been captured in the 2022 appropriations bill, a supplementary budget could be sent to the national assembly for passage, and subsequently, implementation will be backdated to January 2022.
Meanwhile, the police affairs minister said the federal executive council also approved the review of police duty tour allowance to six percent and also directed the release of N1.2 billion for the payment of uninsured benefits.
The sum of N1.2 billion was also approved for the payment of outstanding allowances.
Dingyadi said the approval is a follow-up to President Buhari’s promise to enhance police personnel pay as demanded by #EndSARS protesters.
The minister said the sum of N13.128 billion was approved for outstanding death benefits for 5,472 police personnel. Dingyadi, however, said the payment would kick off after the auditor-general of the federation must have vetted it.
He also announced a tax waiver of N18.6 billion for personnel between grade levels one and 14.