At present, President Muhammadu Buhari earns N3.51 million per year, Vice President (N3.03 mil¬lion), Minister (N2.02 million), Minister of State (N1.95 million) and Special Adviser (N1.94 million), Governor (N2.22 million), Deputy Governor (N2.11 million), and Commissioners (N1.33million).
Nigeria’s new president, Muhammadu Buhari, and his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, will earn annual basic salaries of N3, 514, 705 and N3, 031, 572.50 respectively, according to the information on the website of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission.
The new questions now is how much does a minister without portfolio earn bearing in mind that he or she will not be supervising any ministry but will only participate and contribute ideas in the Federal Executive Council.
Buhari has fulfilled the federal constitution by ensuring that every state of the federation produces at least one minister each, out of which some of them will be ministers of states and some without portfolios.
Clearly, ministers without portfolios will have lesser job to do but they were nominated not because they have special duty to perform but because by law every state must produce a minister.
The reason for ministers without portfolios is because the present administration wants to cut cost. Besides the portfolios issue, there will be no convoy and arrays of aides for the ministers. All is about cutting cost.
Now, what does a minister without portfolio earn? Will he or she be earning just the FEC’s sitting allowance? Apart from the salaries, will other regular allowances like motor vehicle fuelling and maintenance, entertainment, utilities, security and Newspapers and periodicals be paid for by the government?
Will allowances like accommodation, furniture, and duty tour allowance (per night), estacode (per night) be provided by government?