As per Punch, there are solid evidences that in indications of his campaign guarantee to reduce the expense of administration, President Muhammadu Buhari may have closed arrangements to reduce his salary and decrease his own emoluments.
It was learnt that the President expected the Vice-President and other political deputies to take a comparable choice. Saturday PUNCH assembled in Abuja on Friday that the President would have made his choice public however decided to counsel with his nearby partners on how best to approach the issue without being seen as dictatorial.
As per the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, President Buhari will make a month to month salary of N3, 514, 705. He is likewise qualified for a standard hardship recompense and 50% basic salary, which is N1,757,350.50. There is however no data yet regarding what rate of Buhari’s compensation and remittances will be cut. Yet, it was dependably learnt that the President would likewise reduce State House spending plan.
Other areas being considered by the President included arrangement of aides and the likelihood of executing the report of the Stephen Oronsaye-drove Presidential Committee on the Rationalization and Restructuring of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies. Buhari, had on Tuesday looked for the approval of the National Assembly to name 15 special advisers, not at all like previous President Goodluck Jonathan, who had 23 extraordinary special advisers and scores of unique assistants.
It was assembled that the President, who in his inaugural speech, said the Nigerian economy was in a bad position, may not expand the number of sepcial advisers from 15 as a part of the measures to reduce expense of administration. It was additionally learnt that the President may investigate the report of the Oronsaye council and the White Paper on it. The council had said that out of the current 541 MDAs in the nation, just 163 really deserved to exist.
A top member from the APC, who revealed to PUNCH, said that the President had likewise finished up arrangements to present a few bills to the National Assembly for the execution of some of these expense saving measures. In any case, President Buhari had, at different fora, blamed the budgetary procedure embraced by progressive Peoples Democratic Party-drove organizations in the course of recent years.
A nearby partner of the President, Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, had in his inaugural address to the populace of the state, reported a 50% cut in his pay and that of the deputy governor of the state. One of the President’s acolytes, and South East Zonal Spokesman of the All Progressives Congress, Osita Okechukwu told Saturday PUNCH that, left to him to sit unbothered, President Buhari would not flutter an eyelid before taking such a choice.