Army Clears Air On Troops Unpaid Allowances

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The Nigerian Army on Thursday dismissed as false reports of disquiet within its rank owing to non-payment of peacekeeping allowance and operations allowances to troops in the North east.

Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, in a statement admitted that soldiers were owed but said the situation has been resolved.

Some reports had alleged non-payment of peacekeeping operations allowance to troops that served in Guinea Bissau under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States and operation allowances to those fighting Boko Haram in North east Nigeria.

But, concerning none payment of allowances to soldiers serving in the counter insurgency campaign in the North east, the army blamed it on noncompliance with the new directives aimed at ensuring transparency and accountability on the part of soldiers.

It said all soldiers are paid directly through their bank accounts.






     

     

    “All those that did not receive theirs was due to non-compliance with the directive of giving correct account details or duplication of names due to recent postings. This has been explained to all those affected and efforts were on to rectify same shortly,” the army noted.

    On the allowances to Nigerian troops who returned from peacekeeping mission, Usman said that they had all been paid as at Tuesday and that no soldier was still being owed.

    “For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to inform the public that the issue of non-payment of peacekeeping operations allowance is a minor internal military administrative matter which was treated and resolved accordingly and has no bearing on the fight against terrorism and insurgency as they mischievously alleged,” Usman stated.

    He added that the alleged operations allowance owed the returning peacekeepers had been paid as at last Tuesday and that no soldier was still being owed.

     

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