‘No elected public officer should earn 10 times more than minimum wage’

 

Human rights activist, Comrade  Femi Aborisade, has said that no elected public officer should earn more than 10 times the minimum wage.

At a pre-May Day symposium, titled, “Inclusive Socio-Economic Space for Sustainable Development”, Aborisade said: “Governments that are unable to pay wages as and when due can hardly spare a thought for the future.

All public sector salaries (particularly those of the executive and legislative arms of government) be published on local notice boards and on the internet.”

Aborisade said that for sustainable development, there should be daily publication of earnings from sale of crude oil in the international market.

“The concept of sustainable development is therefore concerned with how to manage societal resources today in order to guarantee the welfare of ordinary people at the present in such a way that does not disturb the welfare of future generations,” he added.

He lamented that there is no pension scheme or minimum income guarantee scheme for citizens who were not employed in the public service.

Calling on the labour movment not to allow any government get away with denial of democratic rights, he noted that NLC has a duty to resist violent repression of democratic rights, regardless of who may be the victim.

According to the approved ‘Remuneration Package for Political, Public and Judicial Office Holders’ prepared by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission  (RMAFC) which became effective since July 1, 2009 a state governor earns  annual salary of N11, 540,896.

N 2, 223,705  is annual basic salary; and an annual leave allowance of N222,370.50. Based on that 2009 approved earning, the governor is entitled to 400 per cent of his annual basic salary, amounting to  8,894,820.00, as loan for vehicles and  maintenance.

That is 123 time the minimum wage.

The RMAFC package, meanwhile, does not set a limit to the amount of estacode (allowance in foreign currencies for foreign trips) governors can take from state coffers.

 

It also fails to specify the amount to be collected as Duty Tour allowance for local trips. The provisions of the regulations simply said that estacode and Duty Tour Allowance would be provided upon request by governors. The states also bear the medical expenses of governors.

Any governor who successfully completes his tenure receives  N6,671,115 severance gratuity.

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