Buhari approves jumbo allowance for Villa security operatives amidst recession
Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has eased the fears among security operatives attached to the Presidential Villa by clearing the backlog of allowances owed them, reports Punch .
The President has also effected a pay rise of over 50 percent in the security agents’ allowance popularly referred to as Risk Cautious Allowance.
The raise covers officers of the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police, the Department of State Services, the Nigerian Intelligence Agency, the Federal Road Safety Commission and the Fire Service.
The total number of State House security staff is about 1 400 according to News 24
There had been disquiet among security operatives attached to the Presidential Villa over their unpaid allowances dating back to April 2015.
News 24 had in February 2016 reported that since President Buhari assumed power on May 29, 2015, the officers have not received their special allowance.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan was said to be paying each of the senior security personnel at the Villa N30 000; and the junior ones, N25 000 as monthly special allowance.
The allowance had been increased to between N80 000 and N150 000 depending on levels.
– News 24