Group Sues Tinubu Government Over Proposed Salary Increment

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Group Sues Tinubu Government Over Proposed Salary Increment

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has vowed to sue President Bola Tinubu-led Nigerian government if it implements the proposed 114 percent salary increment for elected office holders in the country.

SERAP, which asked President Tinubu to as a matter of urgency, reject the proposed outrageous increase of the elected public office holders’ salaries, also threatened to sue the Nigerian government over the N24 billion voted by the government to be spent on accommodation of the 10th National Assembly members.

In a terse statement on its Twitter handle, SERAP on Wednesday said, “The Tinubu administration must reject the outrageous proposals to raise the salaries of elected politicians by 114% and spend N24bn on accommodation for 10th N’Assembly members. We’ll see in court if the proposals are not immediately withdrawn.”

The Chairman of the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Muhammad Shehu, on Tuesday while presenting the reports of the reviewed remuneration package to Nasir Idris, governor of Kebbi, said the salaries of politicians, judicial and public office holders will be increased by 114 percent.

Shehu, who was represented by the federal commissioner, Rakiya Tanko-Ayuba, said that the implementation of the reviewed remuneration packages was effective from January 1, 2023, adding that the move was in accordance with the provision of paragraph 32(d) of part 1 of the Third Schedule of the 1999 constitution of the federal government (as amended).

Also, The PUNCH earlier reported that the Nigerian government had voted to spend the sum of N5.87 billion yearly on housing allowances for members of the 10th National Assembly.

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It therefore means that with the annual allocation of N5.87bn, in four years the Federal Government will spend N23.48bn on the lawmakers’ accommodation.

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