By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Following a complaint made to the Chief of Army Staff by some personnel of the Nigerian Army as it concerns discrepancy in their salaries in comparison with their counterparts in the Nigerian Airforce and Navy, filters coming out from the field indicate that troops are smiling as the differences have so far been rectified.
This is sequel to the directive given by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai to the finance and administration departments of the Army to ensure immediate investigation and resolution of the issues raised by the troops.
It would be recalled that a similar matter was first reported by Vanguard Newspapers.
The soldiers had in their petition, stated: ‘’Good day sir, we humbly wish to request your attention to the discrepancy in our salary. We the entire soldiers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are disappointed with the way we are treated among our fellow Armed Forces colleagues”.
‘’We, the land Army do much of the job in and outside the country but receive peanut as salary. Sir is it that we are different from Navy and Airforce? Or our service is not required?
‘’We can’t be starving ourselves for our country and our service is not recognised. We are doing police work all over the country, dying everyday and night, leaving our families in hunger, no good gratuity after our death. ‘’We are no more interested in dying for our country since there is no justice among our fellow Armed Forces personnel.
“Imagine a rating in the Navy and Airforce receiving more than a Sergeant in Nigerian Army, who must have served more than 16 years in service. ‘’On December 12, 2019, a token was paid to us when we were hoping to receive our new national minimum wage. Only N2,000 was added to my salary. Is that the new minimum wage sir?
‘’Mr President, our colleagues in the Air Force and Navy received N70, 000 as salary last month but those of us in the Army received N50,000, the gap is wide. Is it that our colleagues in the Navy and Airforce are doing more work than those of us in the Army?
‘’We are told that we will be paid via the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information, IPPIS, system but up till date, the Nigerian Army Finance Department is still the one paying us.’’
However, on Monday, the soldiers expressed delight at the fact that the issues they raised in their petition had been addressed. When the story was published last week by Vanguard newspaper, a top official of the Army who pleaded anonymity, admitted that there were mistakes, promising that the issue would be addressed.