On Wednesday the Zamfara State House of Assembly approved the salary increment for traditional rulers in the state.
Reports have it that the approval was given during a plenary following the state government request on the increment. The Speaker, Alhaji Sanusi Rikiji, said they received request for increment from the State government through the office of the SSG and from the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
Sanusi Rikji also said the request covered all the traditional rulers in the state, the chairman of the State Council of Chiefs who is currently receiving N164, 926 would now collect N350, 000 monthly.
The 10 first class Emirs who used to collect N140, 000 monthly each would now receive N275, 000 each”, he said. Rikiji said the salaries of the six second-class Emirs in the state had been upgraded from the sum of N114,310 monthly to N225, 000 monthly.
“The 12 senior district heads that are receiving N65, 000 will now be receiving N100, 000 monthly while 228 district heads across the state will be receiving N70, 000 monthly instead of N35, 000. We have 1,060 village heads that were collecting N15, 000 and now to collect N25, 000 each monthly,” he said.
The 24 lawmakers of the house unanimously approved the request considering its significance towards improving the welfare of traditional rulers in the state. The total amount of salaries approved for traditional rulers in the state was N27 million but had now increased to over N48 million.