Salaries: Oko­rocha calls for 50 per­cent cut for pres­i­dent, govs

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Johnkennedy Uzoma, Ow­erri By Ismail Mu­dashir

Gover­nor Rochas Oko­rocha of Imo State has called for 50 per­cent down­ward re­view of the salaries and al­lowances of the pres­i­dent, gov­er­nors, Na­tional As­sem­bly mem­bers and other elected and ap­pointed of­fice hold­ers.

Oko­rocha made the call yes­ter­day when he hosted the chair­man, Rev­enue Mo­bi­liza­tion and Fis­cal Com­mis­sion (RMFC), Engr. Elias Mbam and other mem­bers of the com­mis­sion to a break­fast af­ter their

Tmeet­ing at the gov­ern­ment house, Ow­erri.

He said if im­ple­mented, the re­view would make the of­fices less at­trac­tive and check the ex­cesses that go with the fat pay­ments ac­cru­ing to such of­fices.

“The ac­tion would also re­duce the ten­sion that al­ways go with the con­test or scram­ble for such of­fices and re­duce poverty among the pop­u­lace,” he said.

Engr. Mbam com­mended Gover­nor Oko­rocha for the free ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme in Imo State. he three sen­a­tors from Sokoto State yes­ter­day backpedaled on their op­po­si­tion against the nom­i­na­tion of Ms. Aisha Abubakar as min­is­te­rial nom­i­nee of their state. The sen­a­tors wrote a let­ter en­dors­ing Aisha’s nom­i­na­tion which was read on the floor of the cham­ber by Sen­ate Pres­i­dent, Bukola Saraki.

The three sen­a­tors, Aliyu Ma­gatakarda Wa­makko (APC, Sokoto North); Ibrahim Go­bir (APC, Sokoto East); and Sen­a­tor Ibrahim Ab­dul­lahi (APC, Sokoto South) said they with­drew their op­po­si­tion fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tions with their re­spec­tive con­stituen­cies.

In the let­ter, the three sen­a­tors urged their col­leagues to give nec­es­sary sup­port to the nom­i­nee.

Ms. Aisha Abubakar

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