The governor of Plateau State, Caleb Mutfwang has declared his support for the salaries increase for of politicians, judicial and public office holders in Nigeria, brushing aside criticisms over the high cost of living caused by removal of subsidy on petroleum products’ policy.
Chairman of the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Mr Muhammad Shehu who spoke through a federal Commissioner in the agency, Rakiya Tanko-Ayuba said the salaries would be increased by 114 per cent, stated that the implementation was scheduled to begin on January 1, 2023.
Mutfwang gave his tacit endorsement of the plan when he featured on African Independent Television (AIT) Kakaaki breakfast programme on Thursday.
He said they (federal Executive Council) are “committed to the salary increase, but we cannot be able to agree on the percentage yet”.
Mutfwang said, “We must be able to improve on the living standards of our workers. But there are constraints. At this moment, it is difficult to explain what amount it will look like because we have not been able to agree yet on the figures that from RMAFC.
“I was at the NEC meeting with the Vice President, moderated by Mr President. We did talked about it. We are going to do something to be able to cushion the effects of this challenges that have been certainly thrown up.
“It is no longer a matter of debate if fuel subsidy is available. It is the best thing. We had argued about the modalities. I think we have eventually agreed that it is the right steps in the right direction.