Some personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSDC) have raised the alarm on the failure of the government to upgrade their salaries after they were promoted.
According to sources in the NSCDC, affected personnel are those promoted from Level 5 to Level 6.
It was gathered that the delay in the salary upgrade affects NSCDC personnel across the country.
One of the affected personnel, who spoke to SaharaReporters, lamented the non-payment of full salaries, stating that the agency hasdfailed to upgrade his salary for at least four months from N48,800 being received by personnel on Level 5.
“Normally, when we are promoted, according to the rules that guide the agency, as it is in other departments in the public service, salaries are supposed to increase. But in our case, we don’t know what went wrong.
"It has been over four months since we were promoted from Level 5 to SCA, which is Level 6, but we are still receiving salaries of officers on Level 5, which is N48,800."
Another official of the agency described the act as “corruption”, stating that some unknown individuals were diverting the funds to their private purse.
“This is corruption of the highest order and it is also exploitation and abuse of office. The money comes directly from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), but some people have mastered the system and successfully diverted part of our salaries to their personal pockets. That is very wrong,” he said.
Another staff member affected by the issue said they receive lesser than current staff on Level 5, as salaries of Level 5 officers had been upgraded to N50,000 but they were still receiving N48,800.
Further investigation by SaharaReporters revealed that some staff of the agency wrote to officially inform the agency of the discrepancies, but nothing has been done about it.
The staff, hoping that the deductions from their salaries would be paid, pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the agency and check all who have access to the IPPIS to ensure that the illegal deductions are stopped.
They also demanded that those found culpable be made to face sanctions.
All attempts to reach the NSCDC for comment on the matter was futile as the agency did not respond to emails sent to it.