By Peter Duru
MAKURDI â€” The Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC)) has urged state governments to adhere strictly to the revised remuneration for political, public and judicial office holders in order to ensure prudent management of resources, given the dwindling economic fortunes of the country.
Chairman, RMAFC, Ambassador Polycarp Azigi, gave this charge in Makurdi when he led other members of the Commission to present copies of the reviewed remuneration for political, public and judicial office holders to Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State.
Azigi, who also frowned at the manner Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants and Personal Assistants are appointed by most governors, lamented that rather than pay attention to capital expenditure, state governors use their allocation to pay high wages.
He explained that the Commission in arriving at the new wage for the above-mentioned appointees, took into consideration the poor quality of manpower of political office holders especially at the local government level. He stressed that the Commission embarked on the salaries review in line with the provisions of Sections 84(3) and 134(3) of the 1999 Constitution.
Under the new arrangement, Azigi said severance allowances for the President, his vice as well as governors and their deputies had been cancelled since their positions are pensionable.
In his remark, the State Deputy Governor, Chief Steven Lawani, who represented Governor Gabriel Suswam assured that the state government wouldl not contest the recommendations of the commission but will abide by them.