Despite cut in the salaries of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, both of them including cabinet ministers and other political appointees pocketed the sum of N2.295 billion as official salaries and allowances in the last one year.
Economic Confidential gave the breakdown on Sunday in an analysis of official remunerations of the President, Vice-President, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Head of Service of the Federation, Ministers, and other top government functionaries as approved by the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC). RMAFC determines and fixes the remuneration packages of public and political office holders, while the National Salaries, Wages and Income Commission fixes the salaries and allowances of civil servants in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Ministers, Advisers, Permanent Secretaries and INEC Resident Commissioners are entitled to 200 percent of their annual basic salary for Accommodation; 300 percent for Furniture; 75 percent for Vehicle maintenance and fuel; 25 percent for Personal Assistant; 75 percent for domestic staff; 45 percent for entertainment; 30 percent for utilities; 15 percent for newspapers, and 20 percent for monitoring. While the President and Vice President’s duty tours and estacode are provided by government at varying rates, other officials have fixed rates.
The estacode allowance per day for ministers, SGF, Head of Service and Chairmen of Board is $1000 per night on foreign trip; Member of constitutional bodies $900 per night; Special Advisers and Speech Writers $800 per night; Permanent Secretaries, Director-Generals/CEO of agencies and INEC Electoral Commissioner take $600 per night each on foreign trips. A comparism of the figures with earning of an average Nigerian worker with a minimum wage of N18,000 a month, shows that civil servants will have to work for more than four years before earning the utility allowance budgeted for Ministers of the Federal Republic. The new report was released two weeks after a similar breakdown of what federal lawmakers earn every year.