The Defence Headquarters has said the new salary structure for Nigerian Armed Forces contained in the Manual of Financial Administration for the Armed Forces of Nigeria, MAFA 2017, is not yet implemented.

The Defence headquarters while reacting to allegations of embezzlement and underpayment of soldiers as provided in the Manual of Finacial Administration for the Armed Forces of Nigeria (MAFA) 2017, by a whistle blower said the allegations were false.

A statement by the Acting Director, Defence Information, Brigadier General
Onyema Nwachukwu, said the document has not been activated.

“The DHQ wishes to clarify that the insinuation that personnel of the Armed Forces are under remunerated as against the provisions of MAFA 2017 is unfounded and untrue. Contrary to the claims made by the Twitter handle @ millisaint, the said document has not been activated and therefore yet to be implemented, since the appropriation 2020 was recently passed. The provisions of the MAFA document are thus, billed to be operational in year 2020.”

“It is also essential to point out that MAFA allowances are not part of the Salary Structure of the Armed Forces, consequently, even when implemented the salary structure will remain unchanged.”

The statement says the anticipated change on the salary structure will come as a result of the recently approved 30,000 Naira minimum wage that will be paid by IPPIS, urging the public to discountenance the misinformation.

The DHQ reassured personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and members of the public that personnel welfare is paramount in the vision and mission of the current leadership of the military and any form of short changing of personnel will be met with stiff penalties.