By Simeon OSAJIE
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP), has threatened to institute a legal action against President Bola Tinubu in court over illegal 114 per cent increment of his salary and that of his vice president, Kashim Shettima.
The body described the salary increments of state governors and lawmakers as outrageous.
Tweeting, SERAP wrote: “BREAKING: We’re suing the Tinubu administration over its outrageous and illegal 114 per cent increase in the salaries of the President, vice president, state governors and lawmakers, while over 133 million Nigerians live in extreme poverty.”
Recall the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) had approved a 114 per cent increase in the salaries of elected politicians, including the President, vice president, governors, lawmakers, and judicial and public office holders.
RMAFC is saddled with the responsibility of determining the remuneration appropriate for political officeholders, including the president, vice president, governors, deputy governors, ministers, commissioners, special advisers, legislators and the holders of the offices mentioned in sections 84 and 124 of this constitution.
The commission urged the 36 states’ Houses of Assembly to hasten efforts on amendments to relevant laws to give room for upward review of remuneration packages for political, judicial and public officers.
The RMAFC Chairman, Muhammadu Shehu, represented by a federal commissioner, Rakiya Tanko-Ayuba, made the call at the presentation of reports of the reviewed remuneration package to Kebbi State governor, Nasir Idris, on Tuesday in Birnin Kebbi.