Salary, allowances and earnings of Governors in Nigeria 2018,2019,2020



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In Nigeria today, the money allcated to pay public office holders is considered too much by the public citing salary cut as one way to collage more funds for developments and reduce expenditures.

Apart from the controvertial average salary of the Nigerian governors, the salaries of other public office holders in the state like the deputy governors, secretaries to the state government, and local government chairmen amongst others will be considered.

The salary and allowances of a Nigerian Governor

The basic salary is estimated at N2.2 million but this could rise up to N5million per month when you add allowances also.

The state governor earns an average annual salary of N11,540,896 with the annual basic salary being N2,223,705 while the annual leave allowance is N222,370.50. Every state governor is entitled to 400% of his annual basic salary totalling N8,894,820.00 as loan for vehicles and maintenance.

Apart from the basic salary and vehicle allowance, the governor’s package also comes with accomodation and furniture allowances which is also provided by the State Government.

Additionally, the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Package (RMAFP) is a welfare package that caters for the trips of the governor. The state also bears the medical expenses of the governor. After completing his tenure, the governor is expected to receive a N6,671,115 severance gratuity.  

Full details

Total salary: N11,540,896
Basic salary: N2,223,705
Leave allowance: N222,370.50
Vehicle loan: 400% of annual basic salary.
End of tenure gratuity: N6,671,115

Earning all these can be actualized by being a Governor. What does it take to become a Nigerian governor? Requirements on the Constitution are:

• You must be a Nigerian by birth
• You must not be younger than 35 years.
• You must be a member of a political party
• The party should be your sponsor.

Your tenure is for four years but you can seek re-election once the first tenure is completed.

Salary of Deputy State Governors

The salary of the deputy governor is slightly lesser than the salary of the state governor. The deputy receives N10,772,296 per annum.

The basic salary of the deputy governor is N2,112,215. A vehicle loan of N8,448,860 is also available to the deputy. Additionally, he/she receives an annual leave allowance of N211,221.50.

Just like the governor, the accommodation and furniture allowance of the deputy governor is provided for by the state government. Also the state takes care of the medical bills. And if he/she needs to travel on foreign trips, there’s also no set limit to how much he/she he can spend.

Salary of the secretary to the State Government (SSG)/Commissoner

The Secretary to the State Government and Commissioner receives a salary of N10,831,522 which is made up of an annual basic salary of N1,337,225.

Unlike the governors and deputy governors, there is a limit to the amount for foreign trips. This is set at $600 while thre cap on local trip is N25, 000. The furniture allowance is N4,011,675 while the leave allowance is N133,722.50.

The secretary and the commissioner are also provided with a vehicle loan of N5,348,900 and a severance gratuity of N4,011,675.  

Falling within this salary range are the chairmen of the State Civil Service Commission, State Judicial Service Commission, Local Government Service Commission, State Independent Electoral Commission, Chairmen, and Chief of Staff to Governor.

Salary of Local Government Area Chairman

The Local Government Chairmen receive an annual salary of N5,994,659 of which the annual salary is N908,312. Furniture allowance is N1,362,468 at once in four years.

Other allowances include leave allowance (N90,831.20) and vehicle loan (N3,633,248).Severance gratuity is  N2,724,936 at the end of their four year tenure.

The salary of the deputy local government chairman is estimated at N5,630, 169.60. Basic salary - N853,056 . Also, the deputy LG chairman receives a furniture allowance of N1,279,584 and a vehicle loan of N3,412,224 in additiona to a leave allowance of N85,305.60. N2,559,168.00 is for severance gratuity.

Local Government Councilors’ and Local Government Secretaries’

Total salary - N5, 341, 38;
Basic salary - N809,300;
Furniture allowance -     N1,213, 950 ;
Leave allowance - N80,930 ;
Vehicle loan - N3,237,200;
End of tenure gratuity - N2, 427, 900.


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