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JUST IN: FEC approves 20% salary increase for police officers

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved the review and upgrade of salaries of police officers across board by 20 per cent.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi gave this update after the FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the renovated council chambers.

According to the minister, the review exercise is expected to take effect from January 2022.

Dingyadi further stated that the review is in response to the demands made by EndSARS protesters in 2020, involving primarily improved welfare for police officers.

He said the take home pay will be enhanced through the duty tour allowance to 6 per cent of their new take home pay and an approval of N1.12 billion for payment of outstanding uninsured benefits for the period of 2013 to 2020.

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President Buhari had promised that the salaries will be upgraded commensurate to service rendered to further maintain peace in the country.

FEC also approved the release of N13.1 billion for payment of outstanding death benefits of 5,472 personnel for the uninsured period of 2013 to August 2021.

In addition, the council approved a tax waiver in the sum of N18.6 billion for junior officers of the police to increase the take home pay effective from October 2021.

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, however, disclosed that the new salary structure has not been provided for in the 2022 budget and her ministry will await the outcome of the verification of the various computations from the auditor-general.

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According to her, the outcome will first require the executive to pass a supplementary budget to parliament.

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