RMAFC: Some CBN, NPA staff earn bigger salaries than Buhari

RMAFC: Some CBN, NPA staff earn bigger salaries than Buhari

The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has disclosed some public servants earn salaries bigger than President Muhammadu Buhari.

This was stated on Thursday, December 1, 2022 by RMAFC Chairman, Mohammed Shehu, on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

“The salary of Mr President is not up to N1,300,000 a month…The allowances of the President are factored into that salary. In 2008, that was considered a big money. But now, there are people in the private sector and public sector that earn twice, three times, four times,” the RMAFC Chairman said.

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Shehu precisely said some staff of government agencies like the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA); the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), amongst others, earn emoluments bigger than the President’s.

The RMAFC chair also said some government officials get as high as N500m as their severance package; while the President gets N10m after his tenure.

According to him, Nigeria has about 17 different salary categories across different agencies. He, therefore, proposed the regularisation of the salary schemes for the civil service; saying no public official should earn more than the President.

“What I was saying that time is that no public servant should earn salaries bigger than Mr President. But we do have public servants that earn bigger than Mr President: NCC, NIMASA, NPA, Central Bank,” he said.

He noted that his commission will soon implement the upward review of the salaries of judicial officers and subsequently review salaries of public officers to reflect current socio-economic realities.

Asked whether the government can afford to increase salaries at the moment, he said bemoaned a situation where some government agencies spend all the monies they generate, saying there are up to N7 trillion unremitted revenues in some agencies and tasked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to go after the culpable agencies.

Shehu urged the Federal Government to speedily implement the Steve Oronsaye report submitted over a decade ago in order to merge government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) performing similar functions as a way to cut governance cost.

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