Shocking: 23 per cent of National Budget Spent on Salaries/Allowances of 18,000 Top Government Officials

The shocking revelation by a Presidential Committee on the Reform of the Public Service, that 18,000 Nigerians who belong to top echelon of the service get N1.26trn in salaries and allowances annually, has sparked angry reactions from Nigerians.

This amount constitutes 22.9 per cent of the 2013 budget which is N4.9 trn. All the prominent Nigerians who spoke on the issue were of the view that no country with a genuine desire to develop, would spend such an amount of money on a small number of people in a country whose annual budget is N4.9 trn.

The respondents were further angered that recommendations on similar shocking revelations by committees set up by the President had been ignored by the Federal Government. They also said the disclosure by the committee headed by a former Head of Service of the Federation, Adamu Fika, was a confirmation that cost of governance in the country is high.

Fika while presenting the committee’s report to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Ayim Pius Ayim, had said the figure emanated from the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission for the affected officers with effect from July 2007.

culled from the Punch

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