Nigerian Army on Wednesday explained the delay in payment of allowances to some of its officers.
The army authority attributed it to challenges of implementing the Treasury Single Account (TSA) by the Federal Government.
Maj.-Gen. Hassan Umaru, the theater commander of the operation Lafiya Dole, told newsmen in Maiduguri that the troops of the Nigerian army had done the country proud by their gallant efforts against the Boko Haram insurgents.
He said the authorities were doing all within their power to fast track payment of the troops allowances as soon as possible.
He acknowledged the tremendous successes and achievements of the gallant troops in the field.
‘‘Their discipline, determination, courage and selfless service are highly appreciated by our dear nation and the world at large,” he said.
However, Umaru said that the introduction of the TSA last year by the Federal Government slowed down businesses in some agencies, the military inclusive.
”The development also affected the payment of salaries to civilians, apart from the officers and men of the Armed Forces.” he claimed.
The theater commander said some troops in the theater had also not been paid allowances due to the development, noting that there were some other administrative issues hindering payment of the troops allowances.
”There are issues of duplication of names, wrong account numbers, improper Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) and the new policy of remitting allowances directly into individuals’ accounts,” the commander explained.
He said both the Federal Government and the military authorities were making efforts to provide more logistics to enhance the troops operation.
Umaru appreciated the media for patriotism as well as the invaluable support of the present administration, the government and the people of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe for their support in the fight against the insurgents.