Federal government has disclosed that a new salary scale for the Nigeria Police would soon commence as National Incomes and Wages Commission has submitted the proposal for an upward review.

The minister of police affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi, stated this when he appeared before the Joint National Assembly Committee on Police Affairs to defend the ministry’s 2021 budget performance and 2022 proposal.

He said the year under review started in the midst of challenges such as the effect of COVID-19 and #EndSARS protests, which inflicted serious social, moral, economic and security setbacks for the police.

He said the situation was further compounded by the myriad of security challenges such as terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and secessionist agitations cutting across all the six geo-political zones of the country.

The minister, however, said in spite of these challenges the ministry had remained focused and extended all necessary requests of support to the Nigeria Police in the fight against this criminality.

“In recognition of the take home pay of the police, which necessitated the need to motivate them for better performance, Mr President directed the Salaries and Wages Commission to work out a new salary package for the Nigerian Police and submit it to the government for consideration. In keeping with this directive, the Commission in consultation with the relevant stakeholders have submitted a proposal to the government which is being given the desired and urgent attention,” Dingyadi said.

Also speaking, the commandant, Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil, Kano, AIG Lawan Jimeta, lamented manpower shortages in both the academic and administrative wings of the academy.

He said the academy has cadet strength presently of over 3,300 and they are expected to be provided with qualitative education, conducive accommodation, three meals a day and combat training facilities among others.