The Federal Road Safety Corps has denied reports that it short-changed its personnel deployed for 2015 election duties.
A number of FRSC personnel had told PREMIUM TIMES they were paid N2,000 for the assignment, alleging they were short-changed.
However, FRSC Corps Marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi, denied that the Corps members on election duties were short-changed in any way.
He spoke with PREMIUM TIMES on Monday.
He said officers of the Corps were paid N4,000 each before the March 28 Federal elections and that before the April 11 state elections, they were paid the same amount.
He said after the April election, each of the officers got additional N2,000, bringing the total amount paid to each of them to N10,000.
For the rank and file, a total sum of N5,000 was paid as allowances, following the same modality adopted in paying officers.
Mr. Oyeyemi explained that the men were paid N2,000 each before the Presidential election, another N2,000 before the governorship election and N1,000 each after the elections.
Mr. Oyeyemi added that he decided to pay the personnel of the Corps by instalment because many of them could dodge the second election duty if the total sum had were paid to them at once.
That was the Corps’ experience in past elections, the Corps Marshall said.
He said apart from paying allowances, the corps spent a huge chunk of the funds provided to it for election on logistics.
“I am a God fearing man,” Mr Oyeyemi said. “I have spent much of my working life at FRSC and cannot short-change my personnel or fail to care of their welfare.
“I’m working hard, along with my colleagues, to make our roads safer and leave the FRSC better than we met it.”
Allowances and logistics of security agencies that deployed personnel for the polls were provided by the office of the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, through the Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security, otherwise known as ICCES.
The FRSC boss said the funds released to each security agency differed and that each outfit paid allowances to its personnel based on the resources made available to it.
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