Senate has sought to upgrade the salary scale of staff of Public Complaints Commission from Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure to Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure.
The upper chamber also said it was demanding a special salary scale for staff of the Code of Conduct Bureau and the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
It noted that the CCB and CCT personnel would start earning salaries like the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and those of the Independent Corrupt Practices.
The plans were unveiled Wednesday by the Chairman Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, while making presentations of the agencies’ 2022 budget to the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
Akinyelure noted the three agencies under control of the committee were established to prevent and fight corruption within the system but largely incapacitated underfunding on yearly basis and in particular, poor salary structure for their workforce.
He said, “While newly recruited University graduates in Public Complaints Commission collects about N60,000 as monthly salary on grade level 8 step 2, their counterparts in EFCC , collects far higher than that .
“As a way of remedying the demoralizing situation, the Senate leadership has approved upgrade of the PCC salary scale from CONPASS to CONLESS with attendant better packages.
“As I submitted to the Appropriation Committee and earlier request made to the leadership of the Senate, salary scales for operatives of CCB and CCT, will also be upgraded.
“These are very necessary measures to be taken in giving the required bite to war against corruption in line with the policy thrust of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration”, he noted.
He stated that the three systemic anti-graft agencies are under the oversight purview of the Senate and by extension, National Assembly, required appropriations for sufficient fund should be made for them.
“President Buhari meant well as far as the war against corruption and by extension, governance is concerned; but policy makers around him, seem not to be on the same page with him.
“Therefore, the National Assembly should step in, by way of Appropriations , giving the required funds to the deserving agencies,” he said.