How Nigeria’s local government leaders feed on jumbo salaries and 17 allowances despite a troubled economy
The leaders of Nigeria’s 774 local governments live on huge salaries and at least 17 allowances, despite the country’s fragile economy and the need to cut government spending.
According to the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, council presidents are also entitled to allowances for special assistants, personal assistants and domestic workers, among other things.
Checks by SaharaReporters showed that the chairmen of the municipal council had received grants for “fuel and maintenance costs for automobiles and vehicles; Entertainment; Newspapers and magazines, domestic workers, personal assistants, constituencies and utilities. ”
Others are for accommodation, furniture, business trips (per night), Estacode (per night), severance payments, vacation and medical care.
The breakdown of the RMAFC is: “Vehicle fueling and maintenance. 75% N681.234; Special assistant (to be decided); Personal assistant; 25%, N227,078; Domestic servants; 75%, N681.234; Entertainment; 45%; N408.740; Utilities; 30%; N272.493; Constituency; 25%; N227,078; Newspapers, magazines; fifteen%; N136.246.
“Accommodation; Furniture; 300%; N2.724.936; Business travel allowance (per night), N 20,000; Estacode (per night) $ 450; Medicine (to be decided). Compensation tip; 200%; N2.724.936; Leaving; 10%; N90 , 831: 20. ”
SaharaReporters learned that the chairmen of the local government have received a total of approx. 5,994,659 N since 2010, as the RMAFC is currently reviewing the even higher salaries.
This amount is made up of a basic annual salary of N 908,312; N1.362, 468 for furniture (once every four years); N90.831.20 as vacation pay and N3.633.248 as a car loan.
In addition, at the end of their term of office they will receive a severance payment of N. 2,724,936.
Several civil society organizations have called for the pay of political officials in the country to be revised downwards in order to save the very expensive government costs in the country.
One of them is the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), which a few weeks ago asked the Federal Court of Justice in Abuja to order the RMAFC and the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) to review the salaries and allowances downwards from political officials.
In particular, civil society named President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the 36 governors and members of the National Assembly.
SERAP, in a lawsuit number FHC / ABJ / CS / 658/2021, had “requested an order from mandamus to instruct and force the RMAFC to send their downward review of the remuneration and allowances of these high-ranking public officials and referrals to” the National Assembly for appropriate remedial and legislative measures as provided for in the Nigerian Constitution 1999 (as amended). “