…As dichotomy issue still works against them
From Mustapha Saye, Kaduna
The officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) with Higher National Diploma (HND), have cried out for help. They lamented that they are being owed 26-month salary arrears and left without having promotion since joining the service in the year 2012.
The affected officers appealed to the Minister of Interior, Alhaji Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, to mandate the Corps to pay them the arrears and look into the promotion stagnation affected by the personnel of the corps.
They explained that when HND/B,Sc. dichotomy was removed and they were placed on GL8, some of them were paid GL8 salaries while others did not receive theirs for 26 months. In a statement issued and signed by the spokesperson of Coalition of Good Governance, Mr. Ishaya Audi and made a copy available to The Triumph in Kaduna, said his organisation had conducted an investigations, which showed that some promoted officers of NSCDC, comprising of 2005 and 2010, are yet to receive their new salary.
He said they received their old rank salary for almost a year now. According to him, some of the effected officers, who do not want their names to be published for the fear of victimisation, explained that the problem of stagnation in the service, affected officers from 2005, 2010 to 2012 intake of the corps.
He added that the officers are not in their proper position, as contained in the civil service rule, which stated that all personnel should enjoy promotion after every three years of service.
Mr. Audu pointed out that: “On 26th August 2022, list of promotion that was released by CDCFIB has clearly shown that some states are being favoured while some states are left behind.
“This will in a long run affect the future carrier progression of such officers, because some officials of NSCDC spend 10 to 15 years in service without having promotion to the next rank,” he said.
He added: “In 2012 intake with HND certificates across the country after the advancement to GL8 in 2016, as a result of removal of the dichotomy between HND and B.Sc., majority of them have not received further promotion to next rank, while their colleagues with Bachelor’s Degree have been promoted two times, keeping the B.Sc. holders in GL10, that’s two levels ahead of their HND counterpart.”
Presently, he noted, the newly recruited 2019 intake will soon write their COMPRO exams and subsequently be promoted to the next rank and become rank mates to many officers, saying that: “These give room for in-subordination among the officers.”
The statement appealed to the Minister of Interior to look into their plea to enable the effected personnel of the corps to work under conducive atmosphere with all their civil service right