President Bola Tinubu has not granted any approval for an increase in the salaries and wages of elected public officials, including the president and his vice president, according to presidential spokesman Dele Alake.
In a statement on Thursday, Alake also said that no such proposal has been brought before the president for consideration.
He said the report was “contrived to create ill-will for the new administration and slow down the upward momentum and massive goodwill the Tinubu-led administration is currently enjoying among Nigerians as a result of its fast-paced, dynamic, and progressive policies.”
He, therefore, enjoined the media to seek clarification of their stories to ensure accurate reportage, which is the hallmark of responsible journalism.
Details of the statement below:
We have followed with consternation the viral story of the purported 114 percent increase in the salaries of the President, Vice President, elected Federal and State political office holders, and judicial officers.
We state without any equivocation that President Bola Tinubu has not approved any salary increase, and no such proposal has been brought before him for consideration.
While we recognize that it is within the constitutional remit of the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation, and Fiscal Commission to propose and fix salaries and allowances for political officeholders and Judicial Officers, such proposals cannot come into effect until they have been equally considered and approved by the President.
It is important to note that RMAFC, through its Public Relations Manager, has responded to this fake story being circulated and has already set the record straight.
However, the fact that this unfounded story gained prominence on social media and in a section of mainstream media again brings to the fore the danger fake news poses to society and our national well-being.
The misinformation was, obviously, contrived to create ill will for the new administration and slow down the upward momentum and massive goodwill the Tinubu-led administration is currently enjoying among Nigerians as a result of its fast-paced, dynamic, and progressive policies.
It is important to reiterate to journalists, media managers, and members of the public that stories on government activities and policy issues that do not emanate from approved official communication channels should be ignored.
Media practitioners are enjoined to, at all times, cross-check their stories to ensure accurate reportage, which is the hallmark of responsible journalism.
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