By Tony Obiechina, Abuja
The National Salaries Incomes and Wages Commission has described the Nigeria Police Force as an enduring national symbol that has evolved from pre-independence to a truly modern national institution.
According to statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Emma Njoku, the Acting Chairman of the Commission, Ekpo Nta made the assertion when he received the Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Adamu and other top notch of the Force, including DIG Joseph Egbunike in his office in Abuja.
He noted that he was proud othe national and international achievements of the police force within the context of resources available to it.
Earlier, the Inspector General of Police, IGP extensively briefed the Commission on the current status, and the need for a regular review, of the conditions of service, remunerations and pensions of the police in order to maximise its effectiveness and adequately motivate its personnel.
He further added that due to ongoing security challenges and manpower constraints, police personnel were constrained to work beyond approved hours of shift duties.
Responding, the Ag. Chairman said the Commission had always given serious consideration and understanding, in recommending remuneration packages for the Police, and of course, related institutions.
“It was worthy of note that at the last negotiations for the Consequential Adjustment of salaries arising from the National Minimum Wage Act 2019, the Commission in recognition of their selfless sacrifices for the country, also recommended a percentage increase for the Police, paramilitary Agencies, Intelligence Community and the Armed Forces”, he said.
Ekpo Nta noted that the Commission’s position was unanimously endorsed by both Labour and the Federal Government Team under the Conciliation of Hon. Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, and graciously approved by Mr President.
The Acting Chairman declared that the Commission had embarked on implementing more vigorous productivity and improvement schemes in the public sector to ensure that increases in salaries and allowances are backed with relative productivity as justification.
He explained that the Commission will soon extend the productivity improvement schemes to the Security Sector so that governments would have the empirical data they need for continuous positive investments and interventions in this critical sector.