Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) personnel have reported that the Ministry of Interior has failed to pay their promotion arrears since 2022. The affected officers claim that the ministry stopped paying allowances and that their promotion arrears were last paid in 2021.
They claim that the government has been silent on the issue despite pleas and agitations from affected officials. The promotion arrears vary depending on the ranks of the officers and vary from N50,000 for 12 months to N10,000 for 12 months.
Efforts to reach the NIS spokesperson, Adedotun Aridegbe, for comment and reaction were unsuccessful. In December 2023, NIS officials deployed for the governorship election in Bayelsa State reported that some NIS officials had yet to be paid their allowances.
They used their personal funds during the polls, expecting refunds. The officers urged the NIS authorities to ensure that their allowances would be paid and called on the authorities and interior minister to pay their allowances.
During the last general elections, NIS personnel at the state level were paid N90,000 each, while those at the headquarters received N200,000 to N300,000. However, the issue is being buried, with powerful bosses within the system pocketing the money for their selfish gain.