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Police personnel decry continued discrepancies in salaries

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Aggrieved policemen,  weekend, stormed the office of Accountant-General of the Federation at the Treasury House in Abuja, to demand explanation on discrepancies in their salaries.

The policemen lamented  slashes and alleged  gross manipulation of the payment of their monthly salaries observed since the beginning of 2018, which has led to  under-payment, late payment, and non-payment of salaries with attendant embarrassing tales of woe.

They disclosed that their salaries were deducted on the account of movement from old GIFMIS payment model under Treasury Single Account, TSA, to the Integrated Payroll and Payment Information System, IPPIS,  lamenting that the change had resulted in all manners of errors in the computation and payment of their monthly salaries.

Some of the officers, who spoke  on the condition of anonymity, said their salaries had not been accurate  since February 2018, when  payment of salaries was moved from GIFMIS TSA to IPPIS.

“I have been noticing deductions in my salary since February this year. When you call the pay roller, they don’t even give you a satisfactory answer. I don’t even understand what is going on. I don’t know why the government is not keen in addressing it. I am a sergeant, my salary is N52,000, and I keep getting N47,000,” a Police officer, who does not want her name mentioned, said.

“We have made the complaints known to the authorities at the Force Headquarters. We were given a form to fill and articulate our complaints, then get to the bank, get our financial statement and submit back to Accountant General.

“Tomorrow being Monday (today) , we will go with other credentials to the Force Headquarters and know the steps they intend to  take on this development,” a male sergeant, who also pleaded anonymity, disclosed.

Meanwhile, calls to IPPS Director, Joshua Olufehinti, and Sylva Okolieaboh, TSA Director, to speak on the development were not responded to.

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