Trade Union Congress Criticizes Proposed Salary Increase for Political and Judicial Officeholders Amidst Fuel Subsidy Removal

Trade Union Congress Criticizes Proposed Salary Increase for Political and Judicial Officeholders Amidst Fuel Subsidy Removal

…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media. The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has responded to the recommendation made by the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation, and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to review upward the basic salaries of political and judicial officeholders.

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The Chairman of RMAFC, Muhammadu Shehu, announced the commission’s recommendation during the presentation of the reviewed remuneration package to Governor Nasir Idris of Kebbi State.

Approval Process for the Reviewed Salary

According to Shehu, the reviewed salary will require approval from both the National and State Assemblies before it can be implemented.

The RMAFC chairman, represented by Rakiya Tanko-Ayuba, the commissioner from Kebbi State, revealed this during the presentation ceremony held in Birnin Kebbi.

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TUC Criticizes the Proposed Salary Increase

Expressing their reaction to the development, the Vice-President of TUC, Tommy Etim, criticized the proposed salary increase, deeming it insensitive and provocative.

Etim highlighted the current challenges faced by Nigerians due to the removal of fuel subsidies and stated that the proposed increase in salaries further exacerbates the suffering of the people.

Call for Reduction in the Cost of Governance

Etim emphasized that the TUC has consistently advocated for a reduction in the cost of governance rather than an increase in government expenditure.

In response to the proposed salary increase for public and judicial officers, he stated that the organized labor will also demand additional allowances for Nigerian workers.

Future Actions and Demands

The TUC vice-president warned that if the salary increase is implemented, it will likely spark discontent among Nigerians.

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He indicated that the TUC will seize the opportunity to push for more allowances and benefits for the Nigerian people.

Etim reiterated the organization’s stance on reducing the cost of governance as a means of alleviating the burden on the citizens.

Quote: Tommy Etim, Vice-President of TUC, stated, “The increment is such that will provoke Nigerians seeing as Nigerians are already groaning under the effect of the subsidy removal among others.

The TUC has always called for a reduction in the cost of governance.

However, if they still go ahead with it, we are going to use that opportunity to table more allowances for the Nigerian people.”

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