President General Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that a new salary structure for members of the Nigeria Police Force is in the pipeline, directing the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission to finalise the process.
Mr Buhari made this known in a live broadcast on Thursday evening.
The President said, “With regard to the welfare of police personnel, the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission has been directed to expedite action on the finalization of the new salary structure of members of the Nigeria Police Force. The emoluments of other paramilitary services are also being reviewed upwards.”
The President noted that there was no Nigerian Government in the past has “methodically and seriously approached poverty-alleviation like we have done”.
According to him, his administration has put in place measures and initiatives principally targeted at youths, women and the most vulnerable groups in our society.
He said: “These included our broad plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years; the creation of N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund to provide opportunities for the youths and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Survival Fund through which government is:
“Paying three months salaries of the staff of 100,000 micro, small – and medium – enterprises, paying for the registration of 250,000 businesses at the Corporate Affairs Commission, giving a grant of N30,000 to 100,000 artisans; and guaranteeing market for the products of traders.
“These are in addition to many other initiatives such as; Farmermoni, Tradermoni, Marketmoni, N-Power, N-Tech and N-Agro.”
Mr Buhari, therefore, appealed to the protesters take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of his administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful.
“In the circumstances, I would like to appeal to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful, and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy,” he added.