Incoming Nigerian administration set up to fail will meet empty treasury as the outgoing Buhari administration collects N64B in severance pay
The outgoing Buhari administration is set to collect the staggering sum of N64b as severance package when they leave office midnight May 29.
The budget by the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Allocation Commission (RMAFAC), for salaries and allowances for one month, as well as severance gratuity (300 per cent of basic salary), were analysed to arrive at the figures.
The figure includes allowances, such as hardship allowance (50 per cent of basic salary), Consistency allowance (250 per cent of basic salary), motor vehicle fueling allowance (75 per cent of basic salary), entertainment allowance (45 per cent of basic salary), among others.
President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to get N1.71m, which includes basic salary and a few allowances and N10.54m as severance gratuity.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to get N1.01m plus N9.09m severance pay.
The eight special advisers in the Presidency are expected to get N590,957, which includes basic salary and a few allowances, and N5.83m severance pay each.
In total, N51.37m will be spent on the special advisers under the Presidency.
There are 44 ministers under Buhari, consisting of 27 federal ministers and 17 ministers of state.
While each minister is entitled to N6.73m (which includes basic salary, some allowances and severance pay), each minister of state is entitled to N6.5m.
In total, they would get N292.21m, with ministers getting N181.71m and ministers of states receiving N110.5m.
Each special adviser under the minister is entitled to a final pay of N6.42m. With each minister having one special adviser, the total sum of N282.48m will be spent.
The National Assembly is not left out of the severance largesse. 76 Senators and 251 members of the House of Representatives who would not be returning after defeat at the polls will share N2.24b. The senators will get N7.14m each, the House of Representatives members will get N6.75m each.
Outgoing state governors will have their share, as governorship elections were held in about 28 states, no fewer than 18 state governors will hand over to their successors on May 29, 2023.
The outgoing governors include Nyesom Wike (Rivers State), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta State), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom State), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano State), Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa State), Bello Matawalle (Zamfara State), Ben Ayade (Cross River State), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia State), and David Umahi (Ebonyi State).
Other outgoing governors include Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu State), Samuel Ortom (Benue State), Darius Ishaku (Taraba State), Abubakar Bello (Niger State), Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi State), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna State), Simon Lalong (Plateau State), Aminu Masari (Katsina State) and Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto State).
The outgoing governors will be completing two terms of eight years in office on May 28, 2023, except Zamfara’s Matawalle, who lost his re-election attempt.
Each governor is entitled to a final pay of N7.32m while the deputy governor gets N6.96m. In total, state governors will get N131.76m while their deputies would be paid N125.28m.
With each commissioner entitled to N4.42m, a total of 356 state commissioners will get N1.57bn.
Special advisers at the state level are by law entitled to N4.13m each. The 18 states have about 14,529 special advisers in total, which would cost the public treasury over N60bn.
No fewer than 18 outgoing state governors will retire with generous pension benefits despite mounting debts and unpaid workers’ salaries.
According to data from the Debt Management Office, states’ debts included N2.27tn domestic loans and $1.71bn foreign borrowing.
Akowe with reports from Abuja