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RMAFC Must Review Wages Of Elected Politicians -Basorun

Posted: Sep 29, 2015 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Augustine Adah


Former Secretary to the Lagos State government and leader of APC in Lagos State, Olorunfunmi Basorun has advised the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to review the remunerations of elected politicians in the country in line with economic realities.

Basorun made the suggestion while speaking with Daily Independent at his residence in Ikorodu. “I want RMAFC to take a cursory look at the remunerations of our governors and other elected politicians with the view of adjusting them in line with the economic reality of the country,” he said. 

Olorunfunmi Basorun

Olorunfunmi Basorun

According to Basorun it is not ideal for all the governors in the country to receive the same remunerations because the economic strength of the states is not the same.

He urged Nigeria to borrow a leaf from the United States of America where state governors does not receive the same remunerations.

“For example the governor of California is not expected to receive the same salary with that of Iowa or Minnesota.”

Basorun expressed disappointment with the character of some governors whose behaviours are not in tandem with economic reality of the country. “Why should a governor in a north-central for instance buy a jet because a governor in one of the south-south states bought a jet”?

He urged governors and other elected politicians to be abreast with the economic reality of the country and stop living extravagant lives.

The pioneer chairman of People’s Democratic Party in Lagos State described the present provision of wardrobe allowances for law-makers as unnecessary.

“I don’t see any need for ward robe allowances for elected politicians because it does not add value to the jobs they were elected to do.”

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for steps taken to salvage the country from long years of economic doldrums and solicited the cooperation of every Nigerian.