Except there is a salary cut or their number is reduced, the welfare of the 43 ministerial nominees, who will be sworn-in on Wednesday, will cost Nigeria’s tax payers at least N2.53 billion in the next four years.
AGF, forex, food importation, Buhari, APC, tribunal,Customs President Muhammadu Buhari This means each minister will get at least N58.766 million in four years.
The figure will be much higher, if estacode and allowances for foreign and local duty trips were added. Ministers currently are entitled to estacode allowance of $900 per night and duty tour allowance of N35,000 per night. And this excludes a refundable vehicle loan of N8.106 million.
Each of the ministers is entitled to a furniture allowance of N6.079 million and severance package of N6.079 million, totalling N12.158 million. The furniture allowance will be paid shortly after their swearing in. The figure is in tandem with what immediate past ministers earned going by their conditions of service as unveiled by former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, before they were sworn-in in November 2015.
According to the conditions of service, a minister will earn N2,026,400 as annual basic salary while a Minister of State will get N1.8 million.
Other highlights of the emoluments include: Estacode Allowance ($900 per night); Utilities Allowance (Telephone/Electricity/ Water) –30 per cent of Annual Basic Salary (N607,920); Domestic Staff Allowance, 75 per cent of Annual Basic Salary, N1,519,800; Newspaper Allowance, 15 per cent of Annual Basic Salary, N303,960; Duty Tour Allowance, N35,000 per night; Furniture Allowance, 300 per cent of basic salary, N6,079,200; Severance Allowance, 300 per cent of annual basic salary, N6,079,200; Others are Accommodation Allowance, 200 per cent of annual basic salary, N4,052,800; Motor Vehicle Fuelling Maintenance Allowance, 75 per cent of Annual Basic Salary, N1,519,800; Leave Allowance, 10 per cent of basic salary, N202,640; Personal Assistant Allowance, 25 per cent of Basic Salary, N506,600; Entertainment Allowance, N607,920; Monitoring Allowance, N303,960; and Motor Vehicle Loan, N8,105,600.
The severance package is payable after full tenure of office with government. The allowance will be pro-rated after a minimum of two years in office. Each of the ministers is also entitled to N6,079,200 as furniture allowance, which is paid once in four years. If any of the ministers desires, he or she is also entitled to N8105,600 as motor vehicle allowance. However, the motor vehicle allowance is a loan repayable by the end of the tenure of the minister.
Labour reacts Reacting, General Secretary of National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN, Issa Aremu, fualted the huge among the nation would be spending on its ministers. He said: “What is good for the ministers and even the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, is even more desirable for working people. Worker need living wages too not just minimum wage.”
Indian Police Arrest Nigerian, Chuka Onwumere For Staying illegally In The Country
A Nigerian man identified as Chukwa Onwumere Zef, along with a Sri Lankan citizen have been arrested and detained by the Kancheepuram district police near Mamallapuram on charges of staying illegally in India.
The two men were caught during a door-to-door inspection ahead of the informal meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping scheduled to take place in the coastal town from October 11 to 13.
While the travel documents of the Nigerian had expired, the Lankan national was found to have entered the country illegally a decade ago. The Nigerian was staying in the house of Nagamuthu in Venpurusham, a village near Mamallapuram.
“Both his passport and visa have expired but he hasn’t applied for extension,” said a police officer. The Mamallapuram police registered a case and detained him. Inquiries revealed that Raja Nayagam, 41, a native of Killinochi in Sri Lanka had entered India illegally in 2009 and was working as a painter. He was staying at the house of Balakrishnan, police said.
Kancheepuram district police said the house owners will be interrogated about housing foreign nationals in their premises without checking for relevant documents. The intensive checks will continue in the coming days, a senior police officer said. The two detained on Friday, September 20th were booked under Section 12 of The Passports Act and section 14 of the Foreigners Act
BREAKING: Another PDP Gov. Ishaku Wins APC At Tribunal
The Taraba State Governorship Election Tribunal has dismissed the petition by Abubakar Danladi of the All Progressive Party (APC) challenging the re-election of Governor Darius Ishaku of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the March 9, 2019 governorship election.
A three-man panel led by Justice M.O. Adewara unanimously held that the petitioners failed to prove their claims that the marred by irregularities and substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act.
Justice Adewara, who read the lead judgment, also held that since a Federal High Court in the state, gave a judgment on March 6, 2019, in suit: FHC/JAL/CS/01/2019, disqualifying Danladi from contesting the election, he could not be said to be a candidate in the election.
The tribunal also held that since judgment was upheld up to the Supreme Court, it meant that APC had no valid candidate in the election, did not participate in the election and was not qualified, along with Danladi, to have presented a petition before the tribunal.
The tribunal further held, that even if the petition was to be considered on the merit, the petition failed to lead sufficient evidence to establish their claims that Ishaku was not validly elected by majority of lawful votes and that the election was marred by irregularities, non-compliance and corrupt practices.
Osinbajo’s Office Not Sidelined – Presidency
The Presidency has disproved claims that the office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been sidelined after a change of the Economic Management Team (EMT) headed by Prof. Osinbajo.
President Muhammadu Buhari had recently set up a new-look economic advisory team which has economists such as Prof. Charles Soludo, Bismarck Rewane, and others, to take over from the team previously overseen by the Vice President.
Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Thursday on Channels TV dismissed the claims as false, Igbere TV reports.
Mr Adesina said the presidency is united and that Buhari is only working for the good of Nigerians.
He said that the insinuation that there was a rift between Osinbajo and Buhari was being spread by detractors of the Federal Government.
“The Vice President is the number two man in the country.
The new economic advisory body can also relate with the Vice President as necessary,” Adesina said.
“It’s just some Nigerians who want to drive a wedge
between the President and the VP, that read meanings into everything
and insinuate but there’s no need for that.”
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