“THE FG APPROVES 300 PERCENTAGE INCREASE IN SALARIES OF NIMC WORKERS,” reads a message posted on Facebook in Nigeria in September 2021. “EH...WHAT OF DOCTORS AND LECTURERS?”
FG is short for Nigeria’s federal government – distinct from the governments of the country’s 36 states. The National Identity Management Commission, or NIMC, is a federal government organisation that manages Nigeria’s identity database.
The post has been shared several times, and some commenters questioned the source of its claim.
One Facebook user said: “Where did you get the 300%? Available news in the media is saying 200% but you are already jumping the figure to 300% to cause confusion.”
Did the federal government really approve a 300% increase in the salaries of the commission’s staff? We checked.
Rise from N5 billion to N16.7 billion
Pantami said the cost had been N5 billion a year. The new regulations raise the commission’s total staff salary bill to N16.7 billion a year. This is an increase of 234% – not 300%.
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