Personnel of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS) have lamented the non-payment of their allowances for the 2023 General Elections.
The NCS personnel who spoke on condition of anonymity said the Personnel of other sister agencies in the Ministry of Interior had all received their election duty allowances.
While expressing dismay with the delay in the release of their allowances by NCS authorities, they recalled that this was the same manner they were treated during the 2019 General Elections. They said after much pressure, a selected few were paid in the Headquarters.
According to them, they used their personal funds throughout the polls, in anticipation that they would be refunded.
They lamented that they were all actively involved in the election duties either as election duty officials or beefing up security in the correctional facilities across the country.
One of them said, ” The Nigeria Correctional Service has refused to pay us election allowance even when all other agencies have paid their staff whether they were on election duty or not”
Another personnel added,” Is it a crime to work in Nigerian Correctional Service? Our salary is the least compared to other sister agencies in the Ministry of Interior due to illegal deductions.
” The little election duty allowance paid to all the personnel of other agencies have hit the rock in our department. It’s so pathetic.
” We appeal to the authorities to pay our allowances and let it not enter voice mail as usual”.