Court okays suit seeking downward review of remuneration, allowances of Buhari, Osinbajo; 36 state governors

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A Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday granted leave to Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) to pursue suit seeking the downward review of the remuneration and allowances of President Buhari; Vice President Osinbajo; 36 state governors; and seeking upward review of the remuneration of judges.

The suit is brought against the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) and the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission.

Justice Donatus Okoronwo granted the leave, and adjourned the suit to 2nd February 2022 for hearing of the motion on notice.

SERAP sought the leave of the court “to order the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) and the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) to perform their statutory functions to review downward the remuneration and allowances of President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, 36 governors and members of the National Assembly.”

SERAP is arguing that “slashing jumbo pay for these high-ranking political office-holders would reduce the unfair pay disparity between political officer holders and judicial officers, address the persistent poor treatment of judges, and improve access of victims of corruption to justice and effective remedies.”

In the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/658/2021, SERAP is seeking: “an order of mandamus to direct and compel the RMAFC to send its downward review of the remuneration and allowances of these high-ranking public office holders and recommendations to the National Assembly for appropriate remedial and legislative action, as provided for by the Nigerian Constitution 1999 (as amended).”

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