Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige said there are plans by the federal government to review the wages of all political office holders including state governors in the country. His comments comes amidst calls by the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC for an increase in minimum wages of civil servants.
The minister said this while meeting with members of Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in his office in Abuja, Dr Ngige also said;
“The last holistic wage review took place in 2011 and a new one is being planned. What is a governor doing with hazard allowance? What hazard when the state is feeding him and his family? What is a governor doing with constituency allowance? The whole state is his constituency. These are what will be holistically reviewed.”
Furthermore, the Minister said “government has put up the Presidential Committee on Salaries headed by the Minister of Finance and co-chaired by me” to review the wages and allowances.
According to Ngige “There are people who earn 300 percent of what others earn and they have the same degree.