How FRSC shortchanged its personnel deployed for election duties

FRSC officials on duty used to illustrate the story.

The Federal Road Safety Commission, shortchanged its personnel deployed for the just-concluded general elections, PREMIUM TIMES can report today.

The FRSC paid the lowest allowance to its personnel with senior officers receiving N4, 000 while marshals got only N2, 000 per Election Day.

The amount was meant to cover transport and feeding for the officers and marshals who reported for election duties as early as 7am and closed late on the two election days.

A marshal, who was deployed to one of the riverine communities in the South-South zone, told PREMIUM TIMES that the N2, 000 he received did not cover her transport.

The FRSC personnel, who cannot be named for his safety and job security, said senior officers of the commission received far lower in allowances when compared with their counterparts in the other military and para-military agencies.

“I cannot understand why anybody could give me N2, 000 and expect me to travel several kilometers from the town to cover an election in a community that can only be reached by boat,” the angry marshal said.

“I know that our counterparts in the police collected N15, 000 in election duty allowances, while those in the military and the SSS collected more.”

PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report that while the military paid N100, 000 to its senior officers, N50, 000 to warrant officers and N25, 000 to its rank and file, the Nigeria Police paid N25, 000 to its senior officers, N20, 000 to its inspectors and N15, 000 to its rank and file.

The election duty allowances were paid to officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force across the country irrespective of whether they were directly deployed for the elections or not.

Investigations by this newspaper, however, revealed that payments to security agencies that deployed personnel for election duties were not done directly by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

It was also found that INEC had no budget to cover the allowances and logistics for the security agents that were deployed for the assignment

However, the allowances and logistics of security agencies that deployed their personnel for the polls where 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 committee was chaired by Mr. Dasuki while the INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, served as co-chairman.

Explaining the committee’s role to the electoral process, Mr. Jega had said the ICCES “is an advisory body to support INEC to ensure effective security around elections, which is critical to the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in 2011 and beyond”.

“Through ICCES, INEC sought to give a greater role to security agencies to provide well-coordinated plans for securing elections. It was also intended to bring local perspectives of security agencies in the states into planning and implementing election security.

“Rather than a single, top-down plan often developed in Abuja, ICCES sought to give more voice to security officials ‘on the ground’ to provide adequate local context to election security,” Mr. Jega said.

The ICCES consisted of 16 agencies, including the office of the NSA, the Police Service Commission, the Nigerian Air Force, the Nigerian Army and the National Intelligence Agency.

Others were the Nigeria Immigrations Service, the FRSC, the Nigerian Prisons Service, the Nigeria Police Force, the Ministry of Police Affairs, the Nigerian Navy, the State Security Services, the Nigerian Customs Service, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, the NSCDC and the National Youth Service Corps.

While the Nigeria Police contributed 350,000 officers and men during the elections, the NSCDS contributed 60,000 officers and men.

PREMIUM TIMES could not ascertain the number of officers and men deployed by the other security agencies.

The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Kayode Idowu, told PREMIUM TIMES the commission had no budget for security agents deployed for election duties.

However, he noted that the funds meant for security agencies that participated in the conduct of the elections where paid through the office of the NSA.

“INEC had no budget to pay election duty allowances of security agents engaged during the elections,” Mr. Idowu said.

“Allowances to security agencies were paid from the office of the National Security Adviser through the Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security.

“Each of the agencies involved was asked to submit a budget to the office of the NSA and based on what was presented, approvals were made.”

When contacted, the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, confirmed that the FRSC received financial allocation alongside other agencies involved in the electoral process.

Mr. Oyeyemi, who spoke through the Corps Public Education Officer, Imoh Etuk, stated that the funds were meant to fulfill FRSC’s mandate on safety management and traffic administration.

Besides this mandate, he said the FRSC fueled its vehicles, tow trucks and motorbikes as well as offer allowances to its personnel.

The corps did not, however, mention how much it paid to its personnel and did not also debunk the claim that its marshals were paid N4, 000 while its officers got N8, 000 during the two elections days.

“In line with its statutory responsibility to ensure sanity on the nation’s highways during the general elections, the Federal Road Safety Corps having envisaged high volume of traffic nationwide prior to the elections; drew a road map towards crash-free electoral process,” part of the email sent by the corps reads.

“This arrangement also involved deployment of personnel and logistics across its 331 formations to ensure optimal coverage of designated critical corridors of the highways.

“In the course of these internal initiatives, the Corps was co-opted into National Security Advisory Committee with other Para-Military agencies to undertake specific roles throughout the duration of the general elections such as routine patrols, rescue services and other traffic-related functions.”

Pursuant to its responsibility, Mr. Boboye said the FRSC deployed 300 patrol vehicles, 28 ambulances, 97 motor bikes and medium/heavy duty tow trucks along designated routes across the country.

He said officers and marshals were duly engaged through financial disbursement according to the funds made available.

“However, in view of the security-related nature of this national duty, it is only the office of the National Security Adviser that can make comments on the budgetary allocations.

“Interestingly, the entire process took place with minimal cases of traffic crashes reported across the country during the 2 phases of the general elections,” Mr. Oyeyemi said.

Responding to questions from this newspaper, the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, confirmed that the police high command paid election duty allowances to its personnel across the country.

Mr. Ojukwu insisted that the police high command gave approval for the allowances to be paid to personnel even before they were deployed.

“The Nigeria Police Force deployed about 350, 000 personnel for the just concluded elections,” the Force PRO said.

“I can tell you that election duty allowances were paid one week before the commencement of the elections.”

When asked whether any of the commands or formations in the country reneged in the payment of the allowances, Mr. Ojukwu responded in the negative.


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  • blueeyedkitten

    would there ever gonna be justice in this godforsaken world?

  • christobel2010

    The military did the same thing. The Air Force paid the sum of 2000 only to all the Airmen from Master Warrant officers down to Aircraft man, the last and most junior personnel on the ladder. While the least commission officer got 250000. Only the police paid the right amount. The most corrupt among all the services was the Nigerian Air Force. All across the units the men were paid 2000 while in some units a Wing Commander was paid 800000 while the men from the highest to the lowest rank was paid just 2000.

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  • Richard Wall

    Dear Mr Ose Oyamenda.Thank you for this wonderful tribute to a great son of Nigeria, the late Brig-General Senator John Nanzip Shagaya.The late John Shagaya was indeed a giant among men.
    You wrote as follows:
    ‘ Do you know General Sani Abacha demoted him from Major General to Brigadier General because he opposed his take over of power’.
    With due respect Mr Ose, and without in any way, taking away the fact that the late John Shagaya was a great man, your statement is not accurate.
    In the first place, the late J.N.Shagaya, was a Lt-Col as at the time of the 27th of August 1985 coup, when he was appointed as the Minister of Internal Affairs.
    He was promoted to Colonel probably in 1986 or 1987,but I cannot stake my life on the exact year.
    In 1989, he stepped down as a minister, with the intention of proceeding to the U.S War College, with effect from the 1990 session,with a view to gaining promotion as a Brig-General.
    If my memory serves me,he returned to Nigeria in 1991,and was promoted to Brigadier-General in 1991 or 1992.Again I cannot vouch for the exact year.
    An officer promoted to Brig-General in 1991 or 1992 would definitely not be due for promotion to Major-General in 1993, the year J.N.Shagaya retired from the army.
    The truth of the matter is that Brig-Gen Shagaya was appointed the ECOMOG Field Commander in 1993, a position which by convention could only be held by an officer of the rank of Major-General or above.
    To enable J.N. Shagaya to take up the post, he was given what is refered to in military parlance as a ‘ field rank’ of Major-General, i.e. a temporary promotion.In the actual sense, J.N.Shagaya was never a Major-General.
    The foregoing however does not detract from the fact that J.N. Shagaya was a colossus who shone like a million stars.
    He was a rare breed among the so-called ‘Middle-Belt’ officials, who were ,and still are, pusillanimous and always afraid of even their own shadow, and unfailingly refuse to assist their own kinsmen.
    Brig-General Shagaya assisted thousands of his Plateau state compatriots to get jobs and they and their tens of thousands of dependants mourn the passing of this great man.
    May the soul of Brig-Gen John Nanzip Shagaya rest in peace.AMEN.

    • Dr Norm

      Anyone who fought to “unite” nigerian and slaughter 3.1 million innocent people is not a hero; he is a genocidist and an agent of the fulani caliphate.

      • Richard Wall

        Please make sure that you do not stop taking your drugs.The insanity will come back with a vengeance if you stop.
        You professional victims will never cease your endless belly-aching and belligerent self-pity..
        You morons, led , or more appropriately , misled, by the bearded runaway soldier , the one and only ikemba of Abidjan, started a war you had no hope of winning, and yet whine about ‘losing’ 1 million , 1.5 million , 2 million , 2.5 million , or even 3.1 million biafrauds, as the spirit moves you imbeciles.
        Be that as it may, even if the real figure were to be 10 million biafrauds, it would have been too small.The objective should have been total annilation of you cockcroaches and congenital criminals.
        You bastards are lucky that the Head of State then was the weakling, Yakubu Gowon , instead of Murtala Muhammed or Benjamin Adekunle, a.k.a. the Black Scorpion.
        Then you bastards would have known what defeat really means.
        By the way, if those biafraud cockcroaches had not been euthanised, the population of biafrauds would have been too much, with the concomitant increase in armed robbery,kidnapping,counterfeit drugs, fake spare parts,prostitution, okija shrine,419, etc,etc.Thank God for His Mercies.
        By the way, do you morons think that war is a picnic?
        When you invaded the Mid-West and massacred the non-igbo speaking ethnic groups, did you bastards think that you would get a free pass,because you are the ‘chosen’race who can commit genocide without consequences?
        When you god-forsaken bastards massacred the people of Garkwem, in present-day Cross River, the Ogoni , the Efik, the Ibibio , the Annang, the Oron ,the ijaw, etc.etc of the old eastern region, did you think that you would go scot-free?
        You can continue to ‘cry me a river’ till the cows come home, but the bitter truth is that every filthy biafraud who was euthanised during the civil war deserved to die.The pity is that not enough were euthanised.
        Whether you biafrauds like it or not, Brig-General John Shagaya and all those gallant officers and men who fought in the defence of their fatherland, are everlasting heroes, who will always occupy a place in the hearts of all Nigerians.We salute you gentlemen for your selfless service.
        I have wasted enough time with a moron like you and shall henceforth ignore you.
        Bye bye for ever ndi osu.
        PS: You are now blocked.Enjoy.

  • Ibraheem Aruna

    An interesting piece. Intellectually coherent. He struck me like a gentleman. Glad to note that he realised that his generation failed the country. Unfortunately,While he was with his gap toothed boss, they did not strive to leave a legacy of any sort for which he could have been remembered. May God grant him perpetual peace. Amen.