There is disquiet at the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as some aggrieved officers are set to break their silence on what they described as suffocating action, selective payment and arbitrariness meted on them by their Commandant-General since 2018.
The aggrieved officers allege that the CG, Mohammed Gana, has flagrantly disregarded the Federal Government directive on the harmonization of HND operatives.
The directive was to the effect that paramilitary agencies domiciled in the Ministry of Interior, viz, the Federal Fire Service, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the NSCDC were to bring up their personnel who entered with the Higher National Diploma (HND) certificate in 2012 at par with their counterparts with university first degrees. It also directed that the dichotomy be abolished.
Further information shows that while other agencies adopted theirs seamlessly and backed it up with payments reflecting their new ranks, Gana embarked on what some of his officers described as “choose and pick”.
Thus, in 2018, an HND Harmonization list was released by the NSCDC stating that the payment would take effect from August 2016. The list was defective as some names were omitted.
Sequel to this, the Corps issued another circular on 27th September, 2018 titled ‘Omission in advancement and harmonization list of Higher National Diploma (HND)’ directing those whose names were omitted to reapply and complain with a deadline of October 7th, 2018.
Available information gathered on the matter indicates that ever since that circular was released and affected officers complied, the CG has not acted on it, but has continued to approve salaries for those on the first list, in spite of the hue and cry.
Of recent, he paid some newly promoted officers and again, he left the HND Harmonization list.
It was gathered that almost on monthly basis, they were meant to fill forms suggestive that some efforts were being made to right the wrongs.
It was further gathered that the CG neither allowed them to write promotion examinations nor allowed them to enjoy the HND harmonization benefit.
Many inquiries made at the Corps indicated that it was doing something about it just as the Board said it had done its job.
An operative who spoke on conditions of anonymity said that the buck stops at the table of the CG.
“The CG has shown disdain for a wholesome implementation of FG directive. He is doing pick and choose as he sees it as something he can manipulate at his whims and caprices”.
He queried how a CG can flagrantly refuse to implement the directive of the federal government for two years and there are no consequences.
Recall that the CG was recently in the news when he was to retire on July 17th, 2020 but dramatically got an extension of six months which will elapse on January 17th, 2021. The extension itself has been a subject of controversy.
The affected operatives called on the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha and the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola to prevail on the CG to give them their rights and pay them their money that has been made available by the Federal Government over the past two years.