CEM REPORT | Amidst dwindling revenue and rising debt profile, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the upward review of Duty Tour Allowances (DTAs) for Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Federal Civil Servants on levels one to 17.
The new allowances which take effect from September 1 was conveyed in a circular dated August 31 by the Chairman of the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Ekpo Nta.
“The president of the federal republic of Nigeria has approved the upward review of duty tour allowances applicable to Permanent Secretary/Equivalent from N20,000 to N70,000, and to minister/SGF/HCSF/Equivalent from N35,000 to N80,000.
“All enquiries relating to this circular should be directed to the commission.”
Below is the new DTA the president approved for the aforementioned public servants;
GL 01 — 04 and its equivalent – N10,000 per diem
- 05 — 06 and its equivalent – N15,000 per diem
- 07-10 and its equivalent – N17,500 per diem
- 12 – 13 and its equivalent – N20,000 per diem
- 14-15 and its equivalent – N25,000 per diem
- 16 — 17 and its equivalent – N37,500 per diem
Permanent Secretary/Equivalent – N70,000 per diem
Minister/SGF/HCSF/Equivalent – N80,000 per diem
This increase comes at a time when the country faces severe economic problems, which has seen unstable government revenue with a proposed budget deficit of over N11 trillion to finance the 2023 budget.
Recall that the Debt Management Office (DMO) revealed that the nation’s debt stock stands at N14.60 trillion.
The DMO and the Ministry of Finance have several cried for increased revenue.
Meanwhile, capital importation in the second quarter of the year had reduced by 2.4%.