Pay troops’ salaries or face whatever comes of it – Buratai

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai, has decried non-payment of troops’ emoluments.

He warned against delay in payment of salaries and allowances of troops engaged in the fight against Boko Haram in the North East.

General Buratai made the remarks in a seminar on Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, for army personnel.

Buratai contended that early payment of salaries and allowances of troops was one moral building factor.

General Tukur Buratai admitted that the objectives of the IPPIS were to ensure transparency and accountability.

He said the initiative will improve the effectiveness of payroll administration in all government ministries and agencies.

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He added that the development would present new challenges in the management of troops’ salaries and allowances.

“I approve this seminar.know that the implementation of IPPIS in the military will present new challenges in the management of troops’ salaries and allowances.

“I know that the implementation of IPPIS in the military will present new challenges in the management of troops’ salaries and allowances.

“I am hereby charging the finance corps to ensure that the nuances of transition are well understood.

“This will continue to boost the morale of our troops fighting in the northeast and elsewhere.

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“We understand that seamless, timely and regular payment of personnel salaries and allowances are an essential ingredient for the sustenance of morale of the troops.

“This is especially important towards the current ongoing efforts at consolidating on the counter-terrorism efforts in the northeastern part of the country and indeed all other operations around the country.”

What General Buratai is saying, in essence, is that he’s not in charge of troop’s salaries and those in charge should ensure prompt payment.