The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC; on Monday, January 27, revealed that it has commenced the review of the salaries and emoluments of political office holders to reflect current economic realities.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Chairman of RMAFC, Mr Elias Mbam; in Abuja.
Mbam disclosed that at the conclusion of the review process; the entitlements of the political office holders might either go up or down.
He said, “The review is a process and preliminary issues are currently being worked on. If the process is followed judiciously; we would get to the appropriate entitlements due to the officeholders. The review is to ensure that their remunerations reflect current realities.”
Mbam said RMAFC plans to undertake an audit process; that would help it recover over N100 billion outstanding money.
He also noted that since 2015, the commission had recovered over N75 billion from money; due to the Federation Account.
He maintained that the responsibility of collecting ‘illegally-earned’ salaries and remunerations from individuals sacked from the National Assembly lies within the purview of the Clerk of the Assembly.
Mbam said that all questions on if the sacked legislative members complied with the directives of the court to refund all the salaries and emoluments they earned; before their removal and the total amount recovered from them, should be directed to the Clerk of the National Assembly.
He stated that RMAFC cannot unilaterally stop the salary of a former governor as well as current senator who was recently jailed.
“The commission does not make laws. It uses available laws in addressing issues within its mandate. It is not the responsibility of the commission to determine whether the jailed senator should be paid or not.
“The law of the land would determine what should be done. Ours is to determine what salary or entitlement is appropriate for public officeholders.
“Who is qualified at a particular time is granted by the law. It is not for us to know whether he is a serving senator or not.
“As far as he is still regarded as a senator, he would be entitled to his entitlements as a senator. It is the law that would determine, not the commission.
“Concerning recovered monies from sacked legislative members; it is the duty of the Clerk to collect the money from them. RMAFC does not micro-manage issues and we do not audit individuals.”