Contrary to reports in some section of the media, President Muhammadu Buhari has denied there is a plan by his administration to reduce salaries and allowances of the newly sworn in Ministers and other political appointees.
President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistance on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu in a statement made available yesterday on his Facebook account said the reports of the planned reduction in salaries and allowances are unknown to the administration.
According to the statement, salaries and allowances of Federal Ministers are determined by the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission, RMFC and remains as prescribed by law.
The statement explained that President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo’s voluntary 50 per cent salary cut does not apply to Ministers and other political appointees.
The statement read, “President Muhammadu has not tampered with the salaries and allowances of Federal Ministers. They remain as the Revenue Mobilisation has prescribed them and Fiscal Commission under a law passed in 2008.
“The President and Vice President have voluntarily offered a 50 percent salary cut. This is voluntary and does not apply to Ministers and other political appointees.
“Reports to the effect that the President has imposed an austere package on the ministers are unknown to us. The administration has not tampered with the salaries of ministers and that remain as prescribed under the law.”
The report published by a daily newspaper quoted appointment letters purportedly given to the Ministers from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr Babachir David Lawal.
Ministers were also quoted to be embarrassed by the perks of office accruable to them in office.
The report read in part, “The letter said: “I am pleased to inform you that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has appointed you as a Minister in the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
“The appointment takes effect from 11th November, 2015 under the following Terms and Conditions of Service as contained in “Certain Political, Public and Judicial Office Holders(Salaries and Allowances, etc) (Amendment ) Act 2008.”
The report explained that while the substantive minister will earn N2, 026, 400 Annual Basic Salary ($8,514.285), Minister of State is to get N1.8 million ($7,563.025) per annum.
It further said, “Other highlights of the conditions include: Estacode Allowance ($900 per diem); Duty Tour Allowance(N35,000); Utilities Allowance (Telephone/ Electricity/ Water)–30% of Annual Basic Salary (N607,920); Domestic Staff Allowance (75% -(N1,519,800) of Annual Basic Salary; Medical Facilities (in accordance with NHIS Policy); Special Assistant (To be provided in kind); Security (To be provided in kind); Air Travel (By Business Class); Newspaper Allowance (15% of Annual Basic Salary-N303,960).
“Severance Allowance of 300 per cent of Annual Basic Salary payable after full tenure of office with government. The allowance will be pro-rated after a minimum of two years tenure.
“200 % of Annual Basic Salary (N4, 052,800) will be paid to you to enable you to acquire accommodation of your choice in line with monetization policy.
“Furniture Allowance. 300 per cent (N6, 079,200) of Annual Basic Salary will be paid once in every four years. The allowance will be paid annually at the rate of 75 per cent (N1, 519,800) of Annual Basic salary.
“Motor Vehicle Fuelling Maintenance Allowance 75 per cent of Annual Basic Salary (N1, 519,800) for the maintenance of your vehicle(s) as Government no longer provides chauffeur driven vehicles to Political Office Holders/Public Officers for house to office running.
“Annual Leave (30 calendar days for each leave year or calculated on pro-rata basis, with 10 per cent of Annual Basic Salary(N202,640) as leave grant); Personal Assistant Allowance (25 per cent of Annual Basic salary to enable you to employ a Personal Assistant of your choice).”

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