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FG Confirms Plans To Increase President, Govs, Judges’ Salaries

Although the specific percentage of the salary increment was not mentioned by Shehu, he urged the 36 State Houses of Assembly to expedite the process of amending relevant laws to allow for an upward review of remuneration packages for political, judicial, and public officials.

The Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has announced its intention to conduct a salary review for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Vice President Kasim Shettima, governors, judiciary officers, and other political office holders. Alhaji Muhammadu Shehu, the Chairman of RMAFC, revealed this during the presentation of the reviewed remuneration package reports to Kebbi State Governor, Dr Nasir Idris, in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday, as reported by NAN.

Although the specific percentage of the salary increment was not mentioned by Shehu, he urged the 36 State Houses of Assembly to expedite the process of amending relevant laws to allow for an upward review of remuneration packages for political, judicial, and public officials.

Shehu’s statement comes amidst rumors that salaries for Tinubu, Shettima, governors, judges, and other political figures have been increased by 114 percent. Represented by the Federal Commissioner, Mrs Rakiya Tanko-Ayuba, the RMAFC chairman stated that the proposed salary review aligns with the provisions of Paragraph 32(d) of Part 1 of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Government (as amended).

He said: “It empowers the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission to determine the remuneration appropriate for political office holders, including the President, Vice President, Governors, Deputy Governors, Ministers, Commissioners, Special Advisers, Legislators and the holders of the offices mentioned in Sections 84 and 124 of the Constitution of the federal government.”

According to Shehu, the most recent remuneration review took place in 2007, resulting in the enactment of the “Certain Political, Public and Judicial Office Holders (Salaries and Allowances, etc.) (Amendment) Act, 2008.”

“Sixteen years after the last review, it is imperative that the Remuneration Packages for the categories of the office holders mentioned in relevant Sections of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) should be reviewed,” he added.

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