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    Wednesday, 11 November 2015

    Police may close down salary processing offices nationwide

    By Emmanuel Udom

    With the order for serving police officers, across various commands and units in Nigeria, to fill and submit their e-statement forms, there are strong indications that police pay processing offices nationwide may soon be closed down.

    Observations by our correspondent in the last couple of weeks showed that police officers went through hellish experiences over the delay in the payment of their salaries for the month of October.

    The delay was due to an order from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN through the office of the Inspector-General of Police, mandating the estimated 370,000 serving police officers in Nigeria to fill the newly introduced e-statement form and submit same to police authorities for onward delivery to the apex bank.

    At the Lagos state police command headquarters in Ikeja and the Ogun state police command headquarters, in Abeokuta, showed a mammoth crowd of police officer sweating in the hot sun while trying to photostat their documents in order to attached to the forms that were downloaded online.

    A police inspector at the Lagos state police command, who spoke off records, lamented that the order is that without the form being filled and submitted, no officer could receive his or her salary for the month of October.

    His words: This directive has brought untold hardships to all the serving police officers across the federation even as the yuletide session is drawing near.

    But, a Assistant Superintendent of Police, serving at the Sango Ota Police Command told our correspondent on phone that the Single Treasury Account introduced by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, led to the order on all federal government agencies to fill and submit the e-statement form in order to ensure that their monthly salaries are paid directly into their individual accounts without having to past through the police pay offices.

    The bottom-line is that Buhari is trying to block all loopholes allegedly used by the police officers attached to the Mechanized Salary Structures offices, MSS, the offices responsible for the processing of police salaries and emoluments to deduct monies under flimsy excuses.

     But, a Constable serving at the Federal Capital Police Command in Abuja, lamented that as at Friday, November 6, 2015, even officers who have gone through the hellish experiences of filling and submitting their forms are yet to be paid their salaries.

    According to the constable, most officers are grumbling as the adverse effects of the delay in the payment of their October salaries is heating them real hard.

    However, Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole could be reached on phone, Friday as she did not pick her calls for official comment on the issue.

    However, with the commencement of the payment of police salaries, insider sources told our correspondent that police pay offices, popularly known as mechanized salary structure, MSS offices may soon be closed down.

     This is because with the e-payment of salaries coming into being, the salaries of serving police officers in Nigeria could be paid directly into their individual accounts by the central bank  of Nigeria, without going through the MSS offices for processing, we gathered.  

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