The National Salaries and Wages Commission (NSWC) has started a study of the salaries and compensation of the national police staff of the federal government agency that decides the salaries and allowances of its employees.
This was disclosed to the Sunday Vanguard yesterday by a top official of the commission. According to him, the analysis followed an order by the Presidency to that effect.
In response to a question, the top official said, “We are now working on an Order from the Presidency.” Protesters from # EndSARS have listed the increase in police workers safety as one of their five demands.
The demand for police staff’s wellbeing was included in the protesters’ demands to recognize that their pay, pensions and general welfare could not help efficient service delivery.
Arguments have been raised as to whether police officers earn less salaries than other law enforcement agents or not.
Non-payment of allowances owed to them, however, has been described as a significant problem for police officers. For example, there have been concerns that they do not receive allowances and are not adequately accommodated when they are sent on special duties across states.
They also do not have housing in barracks or in non-habitable living barracks. Even though the police authorities are supposed to supply their uniforms and kits, the opposite is the case.
Therefore, police officers are frequently demoralized due to incompetence and the fact that they do not have the requisite equipment and weapons to perform their duties.