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My Salary is Just #942,000 After Tax And I have No Other Allowance - Chris Ngige

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, revealed that his monthly salary as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is Just #942,000 after tax. He also said that other ministers' salary falls at the same renumeration.

The minister of Labour and employment disclosed this while speaking on Channels Television on Monday, May 1. We don't have any allowance as minister except for duty allowance when we have to travel for work said, Ngige.

Ngige's words read:

My salary is N942,000 a month. My salary with my PA — gross total after tax — my feeding, my transport, the transport of one PA, the salary of my gardener, my cook, they are all consolidated. After heavy taxation, they pay me N942,000. Every minister you see, that is what it is; special advisers earn around that amount too. The allowances are not anything, we don’t have any allowances except if you travel. You can get duty tour allowance like every other public officer".

The Minister for Labour and Employment added that the travel allowance for minsters and their secretaries was recently reviewed.

“It was reviewed to N100,000 for a minister, and I think ministers of states, N75,000; permanent secretaries, N70,000, and down the line. Level one, everybody else’s own was reviewed, not only our own,” said Chris Ngige.

Ngige was asked why the Federal Government of Nigeria has not been able to bring down the unemployment rate which rose to 33.3% in the country in 2021.

He then replied by saying that job creation is the core function of the private sector and not only the public sector. He added that the growth of unemployment in the country was as a result of decline in foreign direct investment.

His words reads: “The point there is that job creation is a cross-cutting thing; it is not only for the public sector to do. Everybody has it in mind that it is the government that creates jobs: ‘If we don’t work in federal ministry or government agency, we have not got a job.’ No, the private sector is there.”

He continued: “It is not something for government alone. And I am telling you now, if the economy is not good, you will not have enough money in the system to ginger the system in such a way that jobs are created."

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Nigerians have been reacting to his statement and they had this to say:

As a Nigeria, what do you have to say about this? Do you think the salary earned by the ministers and others holding political offices in Nigeria is truly worth it?

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