Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba has stated that the force is unable to pay rent and duty tour allowances and other benefits to policemen due to the paltry allocation budgeted to the Nigeria Police.
Abba stated that in 2014, N287 billion was appropriated for personnel cost, but the money suffered a shortfall of N6.5 billion and many police commands were unable to conclude payment of salaries, rent allowances, tax or cooperative deductions.
This, he noted, made it impossible to conclude the payment of personnel emolument in 2014.
This was contained in a document on the 2015 budget Defence presented by the IG to the Senate Committee on Police Affairs obtained by Punch in Abuja on Friday.
He said, “With respect to personnel cost, the reduction of the initial sum of N293,526,624,260 to N287,061,950,723 which gave rise to a shortfall of N6,464673,537 has made it impossible to successfully conclude the payment of personnel emolument in 2014.
“The 42 salary payment centres nationwide are having issues remitting on-payment deductions such as tax, cooperative deduction and also payment of rent allowances.”
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