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Total salary bill for Nigeria’s identity commission up by 234% – not 300%

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

In September, the federal government approved new conditions of service for NIMC staff, which included a revised salary scale.

According to Isa Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy, the new conditions raise the total NIMC staff cost by more than 200%.

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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