Public office holders not earning outrageous Wages as RMAFC reveals Tinubu, Ministers Salaries

Public office holders not earning outrageous Wages as RMAFC reveals Tinubu, Ministers Salaries

The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has debunked the wide insinuations in public domain that political officeholders earn outrageous salaries and allowances from the national treasury.

RMAFC chairman, Muhammed Shehu, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, said the Nigerian president earns below N1.5million monthly contrary to popular beliefs.

He said no political officer in the country earn a jumbo salary as even the federal ministers earn below N1 million monthly.

He said though the commission had initially planned to increase the salaries of politicians, judicial and public office holders by 114 percent, but the plan has been jettisoned due to economic challenges.

“I want to disabuse the minds of Nigerians. It is not true that people are getting jumbo salaries,” he said.

“The monthly salary of Mr President is less than N1.5 million; that of a minister is not even up to one million naira.

“I know of an average CBN worker that is not even a director, who earns more than a minister.

“People in NNPC, NCC, ports authority earn huge salaries. What is the salary of a governor? What is the salary of a legislator?”

The RMAFC chairman said what is considered outrageous earnings are statutory office running costs, which should ordinarily be managed centrally by the National Assembly Service Commission (NASS).

“I know some people will say members of the National Assembly get up to 10 million or 11 million monthly,” he said.

“Those are not salaries, they are like operating costs of running their offices which in other societies the legislator does not have to see because there is a structure.

“Once you get elected, you make that structure from your constituency office to computers to logistics to the size of your constituency.

“Wherever you have constituency office, the workers you hire, it is the National Assembly Service commission that is supposed to take care of that.”

He said the Nigerian system allows a legislator to be allocated a certain amount, which is spent and the receipts retired.

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