The chairmen of Nigeria’s 774 Local Government Areas have been dwelling massive on jumbo salaries and at the least 17 allowances, regardless of the delicate financial system of the nation and the necessity to scale back governance expenditure.
According to the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation And Fiscal Commission, the council chairmen are additionally entitled to allowances for particular assistants, private assistants and home staff amongst others.
Checks by SaharaReporters confirmed that the native council chairmen get allowances for “motor and vehicles fuelling and maintenance; entertainment; newspapers and periodicals, domestic staff, personal assistant, constituency and utilities.”
Others are for lodging, furnishings, obligation tour (per evening), estacode (per evening), severance gratuity, go away and medicals.
The RMAFC breakdown reads, “Motor Vehicle fuelling and maintenance. 75% N681,234; Special Assistant (to be decided); Personal Assistant; 25%, N227,078; Domestic Staff; 75%, N681,234; Entertainment; 45%; N408,740; Utilities; 30%; N272,493; Constituency; 25%; N227,078; Newspapers/Periodicals; 15%; N136,246.
“Accommodation; Furniture; 300%; N2,724,936; Duty Tour Allowance (per night), N20,000; Estacode (per night) $450; Medical (to be decided). Severance Gratuity; 200%; N2,724,936; Leave; 10%; N90,831: 20.”
SaharaReporters learnt that the Local Government Chairmen obtain a complete of about N5,994,659, ranging from way back to 2010, because the RMAFC is at the moment within the strategy of reviewing the pay even greater.
This sum consists of annual primary wage of N 908,312; N1,362, 468 for furnishings (as soon as in 4 years); N90,831.20 as go away allowance and N3,633,248 as a car mortgage.
They additionally obtain severance gratuity of N2,724,936 on the finish of a tenure.
There have been calls by a number of civil society organisations to evaluate downwards the pay of political workplace holders within the nation, in order to avoid wasting the extremely costly value of governance within the nation.
One of them is the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), which some weeks in the past requested the Federal High Court in Abuja to order the RMAFC and the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) to evaluate downward the remuneration and allowances of political workplace holders.
The civil society notably named President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the 36 governors and members of the National Assembly.
SERAP, in a swimsuit quantity FHC/ABJ/CS/658/2021, had sought “an order of mandamus to direct and compel the RMAFC to send its downward review of the remuneration and allowances of these high-ranking public office holders and recommendations to the National Assembly for appropriate remedial and legislative action, as provided for by the Nigerian Constitution 1999 (as amended).”