Lagos - Some officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) have allegedly threatened the Muhammadu Buhari-led government that they could be forced to begin taking bribes like officials of the Nigeria Police Force except they are immediately paid their November salaries.
The police has been severally rated as one of the most corrupt federal institutions in the country with the FRSC maintaining a level of respect, but the current threat is because they are reportedly being owed their salaries and allowances
Punch reports that the officials spoke on the condition of anonymity, added that there had been no explanation as to why they are still being owed at a time there have been asked to double their efforts because of the festive season.
The report quoted an official of the corps, who gave his name as Patrick, as saying there was no excuse for withholding salaries since the FRSC is a revenue-generating agency.
The report also quoted a female lawmaker and single mother as saying: “Everyone knows that the prices of goods increase during Christmas and that is why most people try to do their shopping early December.
“It is bad enough that we are witnessing a recession but the government should not worsen our condition by withholding our pay.
“What will I feed my children this Christmas? Where will I get the money to take them out to have fun? They cannot tell us not to extort money from motorists and at the same time deprive us of our salaries. It is unfair.”
A third official identified as Abiodun said officials of the agency had received their salaries on the seventh day of the following month since five months ago and added: “There have always been bad eggs in the agency, but the fact that most officials are well paid sort of reduced the number of bad eggs.
In reaction, the organisation’s head of media relations and strategy, Bisi Kazeem, said it was not the fault of the agency that its officials were being owed, but that they may have been affected by the integrated payroll and personnel information system under which federal government officials are paid according to Naij.
He added that officials are paid separately for road checks, adding: “The salary issue is from IPPIS and not from us; so, I suggest you get in touch with the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.
- News 24