By Ekamma UBA, Senior Staff Investigator Writer, Lagos.
APPARENTLY discomfited with the recent complaints of delays in payment of salaries and short payments in some cases, the Inspector General of Police IGP Ibrahim Idris has director the AIG Accounts and Budgets to liaise with the Accountant-General of the federation and the office of the IPPIS to ensure that the irregularities in Police entitlements were brought to immediate halt; saying, Police welfare was organic to his policy thrust. A statement signed by the Force public relations officer, ACP Jimoh Moshood and obtained by CrimeWorld quoted the IG as being uncomfortable with the development assuring adequate measure were being emplaced to forestall future occurrence. It also implored aggrieved personnel to be patient efforts were being geared towards addressing the irregularities permanently. The statement reads: “The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris concerned with the issues of welfare of the entire personnel of the Force as regard delay in payment, short-payment and other problems associated with the payment of Salaries of Police Personnel across the country as a result of the full migration of the Nigeria Police Force into the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), has directed the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Account & Budget of the Force to immediately liaise with the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation and the IPPIS Unit to rectify the problems. The Nigeria Police Force frowns at this ugly situation; the Force is also mindful of the fact that short/delay payment of salary of some personnel of the Force if allowed to continue as being witnessed will have negative impact on the welfare of such personnel. Consequently, Commissioners of Police and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police in charge of States and Zonal Commands, and Heads of other formations and detachments in the Force have been directed by the Inspector- General of Police to lecture and educate their personnel who have any complaint on short/delay payments to be patient that their complaints are being addressed. The affected Police Personnel are also enjoined to continue to discharge their duties responsibly as the Force is doing everything possible in conjunction with Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation and the IPPIS Unit to ensure that all their problems and other identified issues relating to short/delay payment of salary of Police personnel across the country are permanently resolved.”
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