“No plans by NSCDC staff to boycott general elections,” stresses NSCDC – Nigeria – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News
Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) management has debunked reports in some media outlets that agency officials are planning a mass boycott of the upcoming elections for failing to pay their allowances for the Osun and Ekiti states elections.
The agency debunked the report in a communique signed by its spokesman Olusola Odumosu, saying it is now more than ever committed to ensuring that citizens and the country at large are adequately secured to enable free, fair and transparent elections.
“There have been reports that Corps staff are planning to boycott coverage of the 2023 general election due to outstanding allowances for coverage of the Osun and Ekiti 2022 elections. The Corps seeks to refute speculation that thousands of NSCDC staff are being deployed to every nook and cranny and critical national infrastructure that does not except to protect the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), its staff and voting materials to ensure a peaceful election.” , the statement said.
However, the agency said although Corps employees who ran in the 2022 Ekiti and Osun state gubernatorial elections have yet to receive their allowances, NSCDC management has taken bold steps to ensure the allowances are paid ahead of the presidential election become.
“The federal government recently released Osun Election Allowances, which are in the process of being paid out to activists who participated in election service, and has also promised that the Ekiti Election Allowances are in the process of being released to the Corps.
“The recently released fund was thanks to the commitment and passion of the Commander General, Associate Professor Ahmed Audi, to ensure that the welfare of the staff is not manipulated.”
It also noted that Audi was concerned about paying the allowances, so it set up an action committee, led by the Director of Finance and Accounting (DFA), Ms Comfort Danladi, to carry out the necessary follow-up work with the Federal Treasury in ensuring the release of funds.
“It is worth noting that the CG is very passionate about the welfare of staff and would not cross their arms and allow staff to groan in fear, pain or very low morale in the performance of their duties, particularly in the future general election “, it says there.
NSCDC management also appealed to all employees affected by the late grant payment, who are therefore urged to be more patient as the payment process cannot be completed in one day.
The Corps would therefore urge those who attempt to create confusion within the Corps not to waste their time and effort as this will be a futile exercise.
“The Corps is a professional body and regimented organization with well-trained and highly disciplined personnel who fully understand paramilitary doctrines and public service rules and would not grossly engage in acts of indiscipline or sabotage against the nation.
“Corps staff are educated and enlightened enough to understand that allowances are just additional incentives to salaries and not a right, and that sometimes bureaucratic bottlenecks can account for such delays,” she concludes.