Nigerian Army has explained the delay in payment of allowances to peacekeepers noting that it was due to administrative hitches.
The army said the hitches have been resolved leading to the payment of all outstanding allowances owed soldiers from peacekeeping operations, noting that the last batch of payment was done last Tuesday.
“As regards to payment of operations allowances to soldiers prosecuting the war on terrorism, it is borne out of failure to comply with the new measures aimed at ensuring probity and accountability in the Service. All officers and soldiers are now paid their operations allowance directly into their account,” a statement signed by Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, said.
The statement assured those yet to be paid would soon get their allowances but noting that the delay was due to their non-compliance with specific directive.
“All those that did not receive theirs was due to non-compliance with the directive of giving correct account details or duplication of names due to recent postings. This has been explained to all those affected and efforts were on to rectify same shortly.”
It would be recalled that some soldiers posted to North East to confront Boko Haram had complaint that they were not getting their allowances as at when due.
“In particular, the soldiers were alleging non-payment of outstanding peacekeeping operations allowance of troops that served in Guinea Bissau under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States and operation allowances to some troops in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations, among others.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to inform the public that the issue of non-payment of peacekeeping operations allowance is a minor internal military administrative matter which was treated and resolved accordingly and has no bearing on the fight against terrorism and insurgency as they mischievously alleged.
“We wish to state further that those soldiers involved or complaining to the media are very few compared to the soldiers in the operation area who are working assiduously to finally clear the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists.
“Majority of our troops have been receiving their allowances regularly. The very few undisciplined ones cannot be used to distract us; neither should they be used as yardstick to measure troop’s general well-being and performance.
“Already issues relating to troops welfare have been of utmost priority to Mr. President and the army leadership is doing everything possible to ensure troops’ high morale.

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