Policemen demand N100,000 minimum wage, as Adeyanju vows to join strike —-
Despite efforts by the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba to dissuade junior police officers from embarking on strike, the cops have said there is no going back on the planned industrial action.
The junior officers said the strike would commence on March 26, the same day chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) would gather in Abuja for their national convention.
According to an open letter addressed to the Inspector General, the men said they would not accept any pay rise below N100,000 monthly.
They decried the fact that a Level 3 officer of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) reportedly receives N280,000 monthly, while a constable receives just N45,700 per month.
Also, they said that a Level 8 officer of the EFCC goes home with over N490,000 every month, but an Inspector of police, with many years of experience, is being paid N109,200 as monthly salary.
Below is their letter:
Open letter to Inspector General of Police; IGP USMAN ALIKALI BABA.
Solidarity greetings to you Sir, the Inspector General of Police.
It become imperative to write your office after your reaction to the proposed strike that’s is meant to begin on the 26th day of March, 2022 by members of the force in which you lead.
The strike which is long overdue became an option after we observed the lackadaisical attitude of you the so called senior officers in the force who represent us before the federal government.
We accept the fact that Nigeria Police is a regimental organisation who its personnel might be tagged being mutinous if they had planned to embark on any form of industrial action. In the same vein we will like to inform your that could only work effectively in a country that takes the welfarism of their policemen as a priority.
Sir, we would like you to be aware of the suffering the members of your force (i.e the organisation you lead) are exposed to; It’s no more a news that many of us couldn’t afford 3 square meal per day, some find it difficult to send their children to school without bribe, go to barracks, you will easily confirm the kind of slum those officers that escort you around sleep inside.
Baba, I will still like to remind you that the least constable that pay house rent, Electricity bills, Medical fee and feed himself and his family still earn N47, 000 in month. Tell me how such constable will not be forced to extort member of the public, tell me how that constable will survive with that amount of money before he gets paid again for another month.
It’s just disheartening that you are shading shadow, you stand to be an oppressor leading the voiceless, we are not sorry to say that you work in hand in hand with the federal government to enslave us. We know how much the senators, House of representatives members, governors and others that we protect day and night earn in a month, still we don’t misbehave to them, but don’t forget vividly that an hungry man is an angry man.
To my knowledge as I speak Sir, I will still renounce this to your hearings that it’s a strike or nothing;
- If constables are earning less than N100,000 in a month
- If an inspector can not afford to build a 2 bedroom apartment for himself without bribe
- If we continue to buy kits for ourselves
- If our promotion are delayed without reason while you give those that serve in IGP SEC special promotions without any special recommendation
- If our men are continue to die without compensation for thier family
- If you continue to cover up for the government that would made audio announcement on salary increment without implementation.
- If the federal don’t stop exposing our men to danger by not providing weapons to combat crime.
We are suffering and you know, we believe you know, stop being petty sir and still being economical with the truth.
We saw your reaction and signal, but it’s unfortunate you are just informing us that we have kits with you and don’t be surprised that we didn’t believe your story on the salary increment; ‘no be today’ in police voice.
In view of the above we so much want to inform your that we believe in industrial action as the way forward to our problems and the only solution/answer to our yarning.
Therefore, we are still interested in embarking on the planned strike on the 26th of March, 2022 as earlier scheduled.
The federal government has betrayed, pls don’t join them to intimidate us.
We will never go back.
Nothing shall discourage us
We shall never be intimidated.
Concerned Police Officers
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