Nigerian Soldier Earning N50,000 Laments Inability To Visit Family Over Alarming N70,000 Transport Cost | #NwokeukwuMascot
A Nigerian soldier serving in Maiduguri, Borno State has lamented his inability to go home and see his family due to the high cost of transportation that is far above his salary.
The soldier in a video footage making the rounds on social media lamented how he spent one year in the bush in Borno and was given a pass to visit his family but he could not go because while his salary is N50,000, he was told at the motor park that transport fare to his town is N35,000 - to and fro is N70,000.
Speaking in pidgin language, the soldier who did not disclose his identity said, "See wahala oo, the Nigerian Army gave me a pass as I spent one year in Maiduguri today, they gave me a pass to go and see my family.
"As I left the bush, I reached the park and they (transporters) told me that from here to my town is N35,000. I calculated it and going and coming back is N70,000 and N50,000 is my salary that I was paid this month.
"I don't have any option again, I'm going back to the bush."
SaharaReporters had reported how the Nigeria's Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa, said that Nigerian soldiers and military officers earn less than N50,000 as monthly salaries while Generals and soldiers on operations get N1,200 for feeding daily.
The CDS, made the disclosure during an interview where he said that Nigerian soldiers and military officers were doing well and therefore should be paid salaries that were worth the jobs to encourage them to do more.
SaharaReporters have done several reports on soldiers lamenting poor feeding, poor salaries, poor medical treatments and poor welfare packages in general despite abandoning their families, putting their lives on the line with massive promises from the Nigerian government.
On December 11, SaharaReporters reported how troops attached to 145 Taskforce Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Damasak, Borno State for Operation Hadi Kai lamented the alleged misuse of power against their rights by their Commanding Officer.
The soldiers who spoke on condition of anonymity over fear of victimization also lamented acute hunger.
The soldiers who lamented that they were not being properly fed, called for the immediate intervention of President Bola Tinubu and military chiefs to address the issue of poor treatment of soldiers on the front lines, sacrificing their lives daily.
Apart from not being given good food, the soldiers lamented that many of their colleagues had been killed by terrorists because the military lacked adequate firepower and equipment to combat the insurgents.
In what seems to be the affirmation of the claims made by the soldiers, the Chief of Defence Staff said that, “The issue of ration cash allowance where we feed, any time we are on operations, I, as a General I’m being fed on N1,200 per day with my soldiers, from the first General to the last soldier, the same amount. That is what we manage with.
“My soldiers collect less than N50,000 for a salary a month. We all know the situation on ground. My appeal is for them to have salaries that are worth the work they are doing. We deserve to have that so that it will encourage them to do more.
“We have a lot of them that have been injured, families separated for a very long time. These are the morale aspect of it that we check to actually ginger the troops to want to do more.”