The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) said it has concluded arrangements to review their remuneration of Public, political and judicial officers.
A statement from the RMAFC said the Chairman of the Commission, Mohammed Bello Shehu, gave the assurance when he paid a courtesy visit to the Chairman, Nigerian Governors Forum, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto in his office in Abuja.
Shehu stated that paragraph 32(D) of part 1 to the third schedule of 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, empowers the Commission to determine the remuneration appropriate to political, public and judicial office holders in the country.
He informed Tambuwal that the last time the remuneration review for these categories of Nigerians “was carried out was 2008 which makes it even over due for review”.
He lamented what he described as the poor remuneration of public, political and judicial office holders which has exposed them to corrupt tendencies.
According to him: “The salaries of members of the House is even worse but because they claim they are independent they packaged all sorts of allowances.
“There is a need for that review. I have seen a magistrate that earns N150,000 a month. That is a magistrate, somebody who passes judgement. Ask around, it will shock you, they are all over Nigeria, they don’t have housing, they don’t have transportation, they have very difficult conditions of service”.
“I think it’s about time this is reviewed for national good because we have to be able to take care of judicial officers apart from the ministers and permanent secretaries.”