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CISLAC urges RMAFC to disclose salaries, allowances of public office holders

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The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC) has challenged the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to unveil the salaries and allowances of political and public office holders to check corruption in government.

It maintained that until the President Muhammadu Buhari government prosecutes existing corruption cases, the much celebrated zero tolerance for corruption would remain a mere rhetoric.

Its Northwest Programme Manager, Nura Iro Maji, made the call in Kano during a sensitisation workshop organised for civil society organisations (CSOs) on advocacy and campaign against corruption in the country.

Nura, who alleged that several public officers’ holders willfully allocated jumbo salaries and allowances to themselves against constitutional provisions, which gave that responsibility to RMAFC, however, faulted the commission for concealing what should be in the public domain.

Citing Senator Shehu Sani’s revelation that each senator receives N13.5 million monthly allowances, Nura disclosed that members of the executive arm of government were collecting similar statutory allowances.

He insisted that until the Federal Government directs the agency in charge to unveil the process, diversion of public wealth by a few majority, would continue.

Nura, who also lamented the recent ranking of Nigeria on corruption perception index by the Transparency International (TI), noted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) government has worsened the little achievement of successive governments.

“If you check the corruption perception index carried out by transparency international, clearly you will see that the milestone achieved during the last administration is presently been eroded.

“The Buhari government has begun to record bad outing in its war against corruption presently. Nigeria was ranked 148 out of 180 in corruption perception index in Africa. This clearly shows we are not doing well at all, especially for a country that claims to have zero tolerance for corruption.”


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