By Emma Ujah,
Abuja Bureau Chief
The life of opulence of state governors in Nigeria has no bearing, whatsoever, with their legitimate earnings, based on the approved ‘Remuneration Package for Political, Public and Judicial Office Holders’ prepared by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) which became effective since July 1, 2009.
Based on the package, a state governor earns annual salary of N11, 540,896.
N 2, 223,705 is annual basic salary; and an annual leave allowance of N222,370.50. Based on that 2009 approved earning, the governor is entitled to 400 per cent of his annual basic salary, amounting to 8,894,820.00, as loan for vehicles and maintenance.
Governors usually go about with long convoys of four-wheel vehicles, SUVs and other luxury cars. The entire N8.9 vehicle loan cannot buy some of the cars in the convoy.
Accommodation, furniture are provided by the state government.
The RMAFC package, meanwhile, does not set a limit to the amount of estacode (allowance in foreign currencies for foreign trips) governors can take from state coffers. It also fails to specify the amount to be collected as Duty Tour allowance for local trips.
The provisions of the regulations simply said that estacode and Duty Tour Allowance would be provided upon request by governors. The states also bear the medical expenses of governors.
Any governor who successfully completes his tenure receives N6,671,115 severance gratuity.
A deputy governor receives annual salary of N10, 772, 296
This is made up of annual basic salary of N2,112,215; a vehicle loan of 8,448,860; and annual leave allowance of N 211,221.50. His accommodation and furniture are provided by the state government.
Similarly, the state pays his medical bills, while, just like the governor, there is no limit to the amount of foreign currencies he is to receive when embarking on foreign trips, nor limit to what he can spend on local tours.
Each Secretary to State Government and Commissioner receives an salary of N10, 831, 522.
This is made up of annual basic salary of N 1,337,225; N4,011,675 for furniture; N133,722.50 leave allowance; and N 5,348,900 vehicle loan.
They receive a separate severance gratuity of N 4,011,675; $ 600 and N 25, 000 per night for foreign and local trips, respectively.
Chairmen of State Civil Service Commission, state Judicial Service Commission, Local Government Service Commission, State Independent Electoral Commission, Chairmen, and Chief of Staff to Governor receive similar pay.
The accommodation of these public officers vary between 50 per cent , 60 per cent and 120 per cent of their annual basic salaries, depending on location of city or town.
Local Government Chairmen, on their own, receive a total of N5,994,659. This consists of annual basic salary of N 908,312; N1,362, 468 for furniture ( once in four years); 90,831.20 as leave allowance and 3,633,248 vehicle loan. They receive severance gratuity of N2,724,936 at the end of a successful tenure.
The Vice Chairmen receive a total of N5, 630, 169.60. This consists of N 853,056 annual basic salary; N1,279, 584 furniture allowance; vehicle loan of N3,412,224; and leave allowance of N85,305.60.
They receive a separate N2,559,168.00 as severance gratuity after a successful tenure.
Local Government Councilors’ and Local Government Secretaries’ receive a regular annual pay of N 5, 341, 380. This is made up of annual basic salaries of N 809,300; furniture allowance, N 1, 213, 950; leave allowance, N80,930; and vehicle loan N3,237,200. They receive additional N2, 427, 900 gratuity at the end of a successful tenure.
Governors annual salary:
N11, 540,896.00 : N 2, 223,705.00 is Annual Basic Salary, Annual Leave Allowance of N 222,370.50. He is entitled to 400 per cent of
Annual Basic Salary, amounting to 8,894,820.00 as loan for vehicles and maintenance.
N10, 772, 296.00
Made up of an Annual Basic Salary
Vehicle Loan of 8,448,860.00
Annual Leave Allowance of N 211,221.50
Secretary to State Government and Commissioner:
Receive salary of N10, 831, 522.00.
Annual Basic Salary of N 1,337,225.00; N4,011,675.00
Furniture; N 133,722.50 Leave Allowance ; and N 5,348,900.00 vehicle loan.
They receive a separate severance gratuity of N 4,011,675.00 as well as $ 600 and N 25, 000 per night for foreign and local trips.
Local Government Chairmen:
Receive a total of N5,994,659.
Annual Basic Salary of N 908,312.00
N 1, 362, 468 for furniture ( once in four years)
90,831.20 as Leave Allowance; 3,633,248.00 vehicle loan
Severance gratuity of N2,724,936.00
Receive a total of N5, 630, 169.60
N 853,056.00 Annual Basic Salary;
N1,279, 584.00 furniture allowance
vehicle loan of N3,412,224.00
Leave allowance of N85,305.60