Posted by: Nduka Chiejina, Abuja
The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) is to seek a review of the Remuneration Act of 2008, which prescribes Salaries and Allowances for Political, Public and Judicial Office Holders — in line with its constitutional mandate.
A statement from the RMAFC, signed by Ibrahim Mohammed, Head, Public Relations, said Elias Mbam, Chairman of the Commission made this disclosure in Abuja yesterday while inaugurating members of the Remuneration Committee charged with carrying out the review.
In carrying out the task, Mbam urged members of the Committee to be conscious of the prevailing economic situation and the need to reduce cost of governance so as to free more funds for development.
He also explained that “the Commission is constitutionally empowered to undertake the review of the remuneration packages as may be required from time to time so as to reflect current economic realities; advise Federal and State Governments on Monetization policies; generate cost of living indices for revision of allowances among others.”
Mbam charged the Committee to undertake wide consultations with all critical stakeholders, including all arms of government of the Federation, the national and state Assemblies, states and local governments, professional economic bodies, the organised labour, the academia, the media and public so as to enrich the process.
The chairman reminded members of the committee of the need to ensure that the review effectively minimises wastages and abuses.
“The Committee is expected to holistically review the existing Remuneration Act; identify areas of wastages and abuse, examine the implementation of the Monetisation Policy by MDAs and advise on appropriate remuneration for Political, Public and Judicial Officers commensurate with the work they do.
Mbam stressed that the exercise, which is expected to reduce cost of governance in line with the current realities where the economy is characterised by inflation and downturn in international oil prices, amongst others, is envisaged to be completed before the end of September, 2015.
In his remarks after the inauguration, Abdullahi Lawal Inde, RMAFC Federal Commissioner and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of the Commission, assured the Chairman that the Committee will do a thorough job of the task assigned to it and called for Nigerians’ support.
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