ABUJA- STRONG indications emerged, yesterday, at the National Secretariat of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that the Bamanga Tukur-led National Working Committee, NWC, has fixed salaries for it members as against the former arrangement where allowances were only paid to them after meetings.
It was gathered that with the present arrangement, Tukur, who has pegged his monthly salary at N2 million, will be earning more than President Goodluck Jonathan whose annual salary is N14 million at N1.7 million monthly.
Tukur’s salary will also be higher than that of Vice President Namadi Sambo, whose annual take home is N12.12 million, at N1.1 million monthly; and that of Senate President, David Mark, who earns N8.7 million annually.
According to the proposal, which will be presented to the National Executive Committee, NEC, for ratification, the Deputy National Chairman, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja, will receive N1.7 million monthly and National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, will take home N1.5 million monthly.
Other members of NWC, Onwe Solomon Onwe, Deputy National Secretary; National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh; National Women Leader, Chief Kema Chikwe; the National Financial Secretary, Elder Bolaji Anani, and others, will go home with N1.2 million each, monthly.
It will be recalled that all previous NWC members of the party were only paid sitting allowances, just as the party’s Establishment Manual allows for personal staff of NWC members to be paid salaries.
With the present arrangement, besides the new salaries, members of NWC were equally entitled to housing, furniture, vehicle allowance.
Tukur and Metuh are out of the country, and efforts to reach Metuh proved abortive.
However, when contacted on phone, the Special Assistant (Media) to Tukur, Shariff Ujudud, who refused to comment on the issue, said that only the National Publicity Secretary will be in the best position to speak on the matter.