The Department of State Services (DSS) and police operatives deployed to secure some ministers may soon revolt over refusal to pay their stipends almost a year after being deployed to work with them.
No fewer than ten of the ministers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet are said to have refused to pay the DSS and police officers the stipulated allowance. The affected ministers are said to have used their personal assistants to divert the money meant for the security men who draw their pay from their parent organisations, Vanguard reports. The aggrieved security operatives said they can no longer keep quiet over what they are going through in the hands of the affected ministers.
One of the DSS official said: “We have to take up this matter with the presidency so that Nigerians will know what some of these ministers are doing to the people who give them 24-hour protection.
“Our own minister has been denying police and DSS details attached to him their duty tour allowances, DTA, and other financial entitlements such as first 28 days hotel allowances since November 2015 with impunity, contrary to the Public Service Rules and the anti-corruption posture of President Muhammad Buhari administration. “Some of the ministers use their personal assistants to sign and collect to themselves the Duty Tour Allowances, DTA of their Police and DSS Details for every journey they make, leaving them to operate like slaves despite the sensitive and dangerous nature of their work.
”Another security officer attached to one of the ministers said they are subjected work under sub-human and hostile environment. He said the welfare condition of the police and DSS operatives attached to some ministers is nothing to write home about. According to the officer, they were always threatened with punitive actions whenever they ask for their legitimate entitlements.
“Our welfare condition is worrisome, given the status and position of our ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under a government that preaches anti-corruption and change. We want Mr. President to know what we are passing through in the hands of some of his ministers before it is too late,” the officer said. A month ago, report surfaced that some lawmakers pay their own aides far less than what they are actually entitled to. On Wednesday, October 12, no fewer that 3,000 legislative aides to Senators and members of the House of Representatives stormed the National Assembly over the non-payment of their salaries and allowances. They accused the lawmakers of owing them several months of entitlements.