Group Laments N50,000 Salary Payment For Soldiers, Expresses ‘Deep Concern’ Over Poor Salary, Welfare For Troops On The Front Line | #NwokeukwuMascot
The Coalition of Public Interests Lawyers and Advocates (COPA) has expressed “deep concern” over the prevailing issue of poor salary and welfare for soldiers on the front line in Nigeria.
According to COPA, recent events, such as the viral video depicting a dedicated soldier struggling with inadequate financial resources, highlight the urgency of addressing this matter.
Pelumi Olajengbesi Esq., National Coordinator of the non-profit organisation in a statement on Thursday lamented that it is “disheartening to witness a soldier, who has been valiantly fighting on behalf of the nation, facing challenges in accessing basic needs”.
He said, “The incident at the motor park, where a soldier was confronted with exorbitant transport costs, is emblematic of the broader problem.
“With a monthly salary of 50 thousand naira, it becomes evident that our brave soldiers are grappling with financial constraints that hinder their ability to fulfill personal and family obligations.
“COPA acknowledges the sacrifices made by the Nigerian Army in the ongoing battle against terrorism. However, we emphasize that sustaining this crucial engagement requires adequate remuneration for the men and women in uniform.
“A soldier, entrusted with the responsibility of safeguarding the nation, should not be burdened by financial hardships that compromise their effectiveness on the field.”
The organisation, therefore, called on the Nigerian Army to prioritise the welfare of its personnel and ensure they receive competitive salaries and necessary allowances.
He said, “Adequate arrangements must be made to facilitate soldiers' travel, enabling them to reconnect with their families without undue financial strain.
“A well-compensated and motivated military is essential for the success and sustainability of the fight against terrorism.
“COPA encourages the Nigerian Army to remain steadfast in its commitment to countering terror on all fronts.”
“However, we emphasize that true success in this endeavor can only be achieved when our soldiers are provided with the financial support they deserve,” he added.