Strike: the IGP orders the immediate payment of the salary increase
The salaries of police officers and men across the country have been increased by 20% The implementation of the increase starts from January this year The police had threatened to go on strike due to the poor conditions of service .
But speaking to the Ebonyi State Police Command, Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Area 9, Umuahia, Isaac Akinmoyede urged the police officers not to go on strike and stay tied to their duties. He revealed that the Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba ordered the calculation of the new salary structure and its immediate payment.
“Efforts are being made to improve their well-being. Already, the Inspector General of Police has ordered that the salary increase be calculated and paid immediately.
“Apart from that, there are other things the IGP has done to improve the welfare of the police; talk about housing policy, it has been improved, talk about social media policy, talk about gender policy, talk about the model police stations he started building.
“So all of those things are the things that the Inspector General of Police and the leadership team do to make the members of the force happy. Soon after, vehicles were distributed to all commands across the country. So over time the force will continue to access police needs and see how those things are met,” he said.
State Police Commissioner Garba Aliyu said the force’s Ebonyi command would not join any strikes. Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police met with officers from the Ogun State Police Command yesterday over the officers’ planned strike.
The police boss, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of the South West Zone, Johnson Kokumo, met the officers with the officers at the command headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta, the state capital.
The IG called on the officers to suspend their planned strike action, saying the government was ready to provide all necessary conditions for them to carry out their duties in a professional manner.
The police chief noted that he was in command for an operation visit to state command officers. While addressing the officers, Baba enjoined them to observe and obey the law and respect the rights of citizens. Baba also reminded the body of its duties as the country’s main security agency responsible for protecting citizens.
He said, “As officers, we must observe and obey the law. We must ensure that we use our power within the limits of the law. “Behave professionally. That there is a healthy respect for the rights of citizens, we are to be protected. “We want to see a Nigerian police force that is friendly, professional and respectful of citizens’ rights.
The public will then see us as their friends when we do that. Earlier, Ogun Police Commissioner Lanre Bankole assured the IGP of his complete loyalty to the Nigerian Police, adding that the command would be professional in carrying out their duties. He said, “I want to assure you that no member of this command will participate in any form of planned strike action.
“I am sure I am speaking on the spirit of the officers who are here, including the Nigerian Police General, Ogun State Command.
“We need to assure you and we also want you to convey this message to the Inspector General of Police that our loyalty to the Nigerian Police is 100 per cent total.