The Federal Government has made known its intention to review salaries and allowances of political office holders, including that of state governors in the country.
This was made known by the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, while playing host to the delegation of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in Abuja on Tuesday.
“The last holistic wage review took place in 2011 and a new one is being planned. Government has put up the Presidential Committee on Salaries headed by the Minister of Finance and co-chaired by me,” the minister said.
“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 office holders. What is a governor doing with 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 added.
This is coming after some Nigerians including the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) requested that wages of political office holders be reviewed and cut down.
Recently, a report said political office holders in the country are among top salary earners across the globe.