The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a review and 20% raise in the salaries of police officers.

Maigari Dingyadi, Minister of Police Affairs, stated this on Wednesday following the Federal Executive Council meeting, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari and held in the newly renovated council chambers.

According to the minister, the review process is set to begin in January 2022.

Dingyadi went on to say that the review is in response to EndSARS protesters’ 2020 demands, which primarily involve improved welfare for police officers.

He stated that the duty tour allowance will be increased to 6% of their new take home pay, and that N1.12 billion will be approved for payment of outstanding uninsured benefits from 2013 to 2020.

President Buhari has promised that salaries will be increased commensurate with service rendered in order to maintain the country’s peace.

The FEC also approved the release of N13.1 billion for the payment of outstanding death benefits for 5,472 uninsured personnel from 2013 to August 2021.

Furthermore, the council approved a tax waiver in the amount of N18.6 billion for junior officers of the police in order to increase take-home pay beginning in October 2021.

Minister of Finance Zainab Ahmed, on the other hand, stated that the new salary structure is not included in the 2022 budget and that her ministry will await the auditor-verification general’s of the various computations.

According to her, the outcome will necessitate the executive submitting a supplementary budget to parliament first.

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