FG to review salaries of political office holders

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Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige on Tuesday said the Federal government will review the salaries and allowances of political office holders across the country.

Ngige during a meeting with delegates of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in Abuja, said the last holistic wage review took place in 2011 and a new one is being planned.

The government has put up the Presidential Committee on Salaries headed by the Minister of Finance and co-chaired by me.

According to him, “There are people who earn 300 percent of what others earn and they have the same degree.

“We may have people in NNPC, FIRS, Customs and others with third-class (degrees) earning 300 percent more than the man with first-class in the Ministry.

“We have 12 wage structures in Nigeria. We will beam our searchlight on them.

“Revenue Mobilisation will also look at what is given to political officeholders. What is a governor doing with a hazard allowance? What hazard when the state is feeding him and his family? What is a governor doing with constituency allowance? The whole state is his constituency. These are what will be holistically reviewed.” He explained

This comes amidst call on Nigerian political office holders to cut down on their salaries and allowances in a bid to cut down on the cost of governance and recurrent expenditure.

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