Aggrieved Nigeria soldiers affected by the Nigerian Military’s controversial Welfare Housing Scheme have lamented that the military is owing them uniform and boot allowances and nonetheless needs to make deductions from their salary in the name of a housing scheme.
The report by SR on Saturday on the situation of anonymity, mentioned the official statement of the Nigerian Military that the troopers had been duly consulted on the scheme was not true as no one sought their consent or opinions.
The soldiers additionally lamented that it was a pure lie that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, met the scheme in the pipeline when he assumed office in January 2021, including that the controversial housing scheme is his brainchild.
Report earlier had it on Friday that a few of the aggrieved Nigeria soldiers wrote a save our soul letter to President Muhammadu Buhari over the Nigerian Military’s deliberate deduction of their salaries to pay for the “fraudulent Nigerian Army Welfare Housing Scheme.”
The soldiers One sergeant, two corporals, two Lance Corporals and one Private in the letter obtained by SaharaReporters had noted that the military deliberate to deduct between N15,000 and N49,000 month-to-month from their little salaries, which aren’t capable of currently meet their basic needs.
The personnel mentioned the Non-Commissioned Officers and the Senior Non-Commissioned Officers had been the one ones affected, and they now discover it troublesome to feed their family and pay their youngsters faculty charges “from our meagre salaries.”
They demanded that the military authorities rethink the deductions.
In a response by the Nigerian Military’s Director of Public Relations, Brig-Gen Mohammed Yerima, the military authorities had claimed that the soldiers had been duly consulted.
“The present Chief of Army Staff met an Military Housing Scheme in the pipeline and constituted a committee to understudy its feasibility and desirability.
The committee subsequently designed the questionnaire for soldiers to reveal their minds on the scheme and verify these serious about it. It was still at this stage of administering the questionnaire to troopers that agent provocateurs seized the second to demonise the scheme with toxic narratives,” the military’s spokesman had said.
However talking with newsmen, a few of the soldiers countered the military’s position that the housing scheme was an innovation to swindle the decrease ranks of their meagre wage.
“This can be a welfare housing coverage proposed by the Chief of Military Staff for the other rank cadre which is to be obligatory and month-to-month deductions can be made from each soldier’s salary. No soldier was consulted on this.
The officer cadre was exempted; in addition to, most of us have homes of our personal. Our scarce abilities allowance is N100,000 each month however we’re quick paid,” one of them mentioned.
“There was no housing scheme within the pipeline that the new Chief of Army Staff met when he assumed office. No soldier was consulted, and questionnaires weren’t shared to sensitise or pattern the opinion of troops.
“Our wage has not been elevated; we still purchase uniforms and boots for ourselves; we stay in dilapidated buildings. We have not been paid a uniform allowance and boot allowance.
You’re deployed to a company, the corporate pays the sum of N150,000, however the Commanding Officer pays every soldier N30,000,” another soldier said.