Tinubu’s ministers to receive N1.37bn for accommodation amid hardship in Nigeria

Nyesom Wike, David Umahi, and other 43 President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s ministers-designate will receive nothing less than N1.37bn as accommodation allowance in four years. 

This means housing allowances for the newly appointed ministers may cost the country about N343.25m yearly.

According to The PUNCH, the allowances are based on data collated from a document obtained from the website of the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Allocation Commission.

It covers allowances for accommodation (200 percent of basic salary), domestic staff (75 percent of basic salary), utilities (30 percent of basic salary), and furniture (300 percent of basic salary).

Unlike other allowances paid monthly, furniture allowance is usually paid once in four years.

Tinubu set the record for the highest number of ministerial nominees in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic (1999 to date) with 48, which experts said would likely worsen the high governance costs.

The President’s nominees topped the 42 appointed by his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari, in 2019 by five more persons.

Tinubu first nominated 28 persons to be cleared by the Senate as ministers. The President also sent another list of 19 nominees, making a total of 47 potential cabinet members.

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