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UPDATE: Neighbourhood Watch officers get 2 months salary, but problems persist

Exactly two weeks after InsideMainland exclusively reported the non-payment of salaries of the officers of the newly rebranded Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) and the eventual denial by the board chairman LNSC, Israel Ajao, batch 3 and 4 members of the Corps have started receiving their payments, InsideMainland reliably gathered.

Sources told InsideMainland that the Corps members affected as at this time received two months salaries each. The Corps members started receiving payment alerts from yesterday, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. InsideMainland learnt.

Meanwhile, while some of the concerned celebrate the payment of their salaries, some others are left worried following the irregularity that followed the payments.

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According to a source, the payment did not indicate whether the payments were for September and October 2018 nor March and April 2018. “All we got was just salary alert without the details indicating the months paid for. We are not even sure when they will pay the arrears because I don’t understand where people will work for seven months but only receive pay for two months,” the source said.

Another source said the management of the LNSC has refused to comment on the development adding that the current turn of events have left the Corps members in a state of wonder.

Recall that InsideMainland earlier reported the comments of the board chairman LNSC, Israel Ajao, during his appearance at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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At that time, Ajao, a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police said: “Anybody you see without the LNSC uniform is not working for the agency yet. I can’t send people out to go and tackle criminals without uniform. The LNSC is like a company that’s oversubscribed. It has become so successful that almost everybody is interested in working for it.”

Ajao who also argued that the agency does not have the habit of delaying payment of salaries to those employed added that; “You can’t just say you have done training for three days and you are now neighborhood corps. There is a procedure after training; you must be verified. There are conditions for eligibility after three days training.”

However, InsideMainland gathered that there are insinuations that a lawmaker in the Lagos Assembly, Hon. Sola Giwa would bring up the issue of non-payment of salaries and the irregularities in the LNSC during a plenary session once the House resumes from its recess.

The development is in connection with the complaints by Corps members who have been engaged since September 2017 but only received payments for their services yesterday, InsideMainland learnt.



Idris Aina
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