Sunday, 25 August 2019

NIGERIANS ARE BEING LEGALLY RIPPED OFF

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There’s been a buzz for the past week in the media on the fact that certain government officials including some former governors who are now serving the nation as either Senators, Ministers or in other capacities are receiving double income i.e. salary from their present post and pension benefits from their last post from the Public Treasury.

The fact that many states which are struggling to pay workers, heavily in debt and owing workers for months on end continue to fund the gluttonous desires of some ex-governors and public officials who gulp a huge chunk of the state’s finances under the guise of collecting pension to the detriment of its citizens has left Nigerians embittered and despondent.

The question on the lips of many Nigerians is why should a Public Officer receive two or more streams of income especially considering the excessively huge amounts and benefits involved when some states cannot pay the minimum wage of N18,000.

These benefits have the backing of laws which have been enacted by the state governments of various states. In Lagos State for instance, the law known as the Public Office Holder (Payment of Pension) Law 2007 which was passed by the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Administration and subsists till date, provides that an ex-Governor and ex-Deputy Governor shall be paid 100% of the Annual Basic Salary of the Incumbent Governor and Deputy Governor respectively.

Other allowances and fringe benefits enjoyed by the ex-Governors and Deputy Governors of Lagos State are as follows:

  • One Residential House each for the ex-Governor and Deputy Governor in any area of their choice in Lagos State;
  • Furniture Allowance of 300% of the Annual Basic Salary for both the ex-Governor and Deputy Governor which is payable every 2 years enbloc;
  • House Maintenance Allowance and Entertainment Allowance of 10% each of the Annual Basic Salary for both the ex-Governor and Deputy Governor;
  • Car Maintenance Allowance of 30% of the Annual Basic Salary for both the ex-Governor and Deputy Governor;
  • Personal Assistant Allowance of 25% of the Annual Basic Salary for both the ex-Governor and Deputy Governor;
  • Utility Allowance of 20% of the Annual Basic Salary for both the ex-Governor and Deputy Governor
  • Three cars for the ex- Governor and in addition 1 pilot car and 2 backup cars;
  • Two cars for the ex-Deputy Governor and in addition 1 pilot car and 1 backup car;
  • Other benefits such as Transportation Allowance, Domestic staff Allowance, Security Allowance etc. are also catered for by the law.

Imagine the huge amounts of public funds being channelled to the accounts of an active Minister who was an ex-Governor!

Find out how much some other state ex-governors earn as pension here.

Although, these brazen acts of greed are not illegal as there are laws backing them, one would expect that the leaders of our dear country who profess to truly care about the citizens they serve would put the interest of the citizens first especially in dire times such as these and forego these payments. Alas, we know that not only do they collect their generous salaries and bonuses many of them loot the treasuries of the offices where they serve.

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