During a meeting, lawmakers expressed concerns about delayed payments, prompting discussions about the need for salary adjustments. However, it was clarified that the focus was on the economic challenges resulting from fuel subsidy removal rather than delayed payments.
The lawmakers conveyed to Speaker Tajudeen Abass that their current salaries and allowances no longer meet the demands of their positions, and a review is necessary. However, the speaker explained that the request for a review was not included in the 2023 budget and immediate commitments could not be made due to the country’s situation.
The Revenue Mobilization, Allocation, and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) is responsible for determining salaries and allowances for public officials, and they have proposed a 100% increase, pending the president’s decision and budget inclusion.
In a separate development, President Bola Tinubu has submitted a communication to the House of Representatives, seeking an amendment to the 2022 Supplementary Appropriation Act. The proposed amendment aims to allocate ₦500 billion for palliatives to mitigate the impact of fuel subsidy removal on Nigerians. President Tinubu emphasized the importance of government support and relief measures in alleviating the effects of subsidy removal.