Nigeria: NGOs Want 70% Salary Cut for Political Office Holders
Justice Oputa Foundation (JOF) and The Occupy Unlimited Group, civil society groups that advocate good governance and corruption-free society, have called for seventy percent salary cut for all political officers.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the coalition of groups made its position known on Wednesday during a meeting with the Revenue Moblisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMACF) in Abuja.
Mr Retson Tedheke, the leader of the coalition said the call became necessary due to the cost of governance which was relatively high in Nigeria.
He added that this was no longer sustainable in the midst of the current economic recession that had brought hunger in the land.
“This coalition of ordinary Nigerians is urging the RMACF to initiate a downward cut of the salaries of political office holders by seventy percent.
“Politics has become a very competitive business in Nigeria because of the fortunes it offers.”
Responding, Mr Wanapia Iliya, the Secretary to RMAFC explained that the constitution does not make provision for public office holders’ salaries to be cut while still in office.
According to him, the constitution forbids the cut of public office holder’s salaries, except their allowances.
He added that it was a constitutional matter that must pass through all relevant processes as the commission only recommends.