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FG To Review Allowances Of Governors, Lawmakers

Written by Rita Nwachukwu

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has decried the huge allowances given to state governors and lawmakers.

 

Ngige said the Federal Government will carry out a holistic review on the allowances of public office holders.

 

He stated this on Wednesday while meeting members of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in Abuja.

 

He said, “We cannot allow the government to shut dowto pay salaries and wages. The 2020 budget of N10.3trillion has N3.88trillion as personal cost without an overhead. A budget that is 76% recurrent and 24% capital, for me, this is nothing to cheer about.

 

“Revenue mobilisation commission will also beam a searchlight and review what they are giving for political officeholders. Some of the allowances in their prescriptions are not allowances that should be gotten.

 

“What is a governor doing with hazard allowance? What is the hazard about, when the state is feeding him and his family? What is a governor doing with constituency allowance? The whole state is his constituency.

 

“These are things that will be holistically reviewed.”

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