Nigerian Governors Salary: How Much Nigerian Governors Earn (2019)

You might want to find out how much a Nigerian Governor earns, well look no further, this article will enlighten you on Nigerian Governors salary after minimum wage increase this 2019.


In Nigeria currently, the take home pay of Governors have quite reduced as opposed to what past Nigerian Governors earned. The reason is simply because of the new policies adopted by the Presidency to manage funds in Nigeria. The new policy does not only affect the Governors but other high ranking officers in the Nigerian Civil Service.

While the salary of public office holders has become a topic in the mouth of the masses, the rise of the cost of governance in Nigeria has been blamed on the allowances been allocated to these public officers who are meant to serve the people who elected them.

There has been an outcry that the salaries and allowances of governors and their deputies should be reduced due to the poor economical situation of the country to elevate more development but we haven’t seen any improvement, as corruption still persist.

This article shall expose the average salary of the Nigerian governor, salaries of the deputy governors, secretaries to the state government, and even local government chairmen. Note that not all are elected public office holders as some are appointed.

To become a Nigerian governor, there are some requirements as prescribed by the constitution and they are:

  1. Being a Nigerian by birth
  2. Not being younger than 35 years.
  3. Being a registered member of a political party approved by INEC
  4. Entitled to a four year tenure and can be re-elected for another four years.

Currently, a Nigerian Governor’s basic salary is N2.22 million, their deputies earn N2.11 million while their Commissioners earn N1.33 million per month. It has been debated that given the present economic challenges facing the country, the salary of the Governors is still high and needs to be reduced since they still receive other allowances.

Now, lets explain and breakdown the information further.

Salary of Nigerian Governors After Minimum Wage Increase (2019)

The annual average salary a state governor earns is N11,540,896 with the annual leave allowance slated at N222,370.50.

According to the 2009 approved earnings accrued to public office holders, a state governor is entitled to 400% of his annual basic salary which is N8,894,820.00 and serves as allowances for maintenance of vehicles.

You should also know that aside the basic salary and vehicle allowance, there are also other entitlement accrued to the governor’s office for accommodation and furniture. All these allowances are dully provided by the state government.

Furthermore, the state bears the brunt on medical expenses spent of the governor. Upon the completion of his tenure, the governor would receive a severance gratuity of N6,671,115.

It is the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Package (RMAFP) that sheds more light on governors spending in the country. Unfortunately, RMAFP did not set any limit to the allowance of the governor on foreign trips made from the state account. This is referred to as duty tour allowance for local trips which is give on request by the sitting governor

Here is full breakdown of the allowance and salary of the state governor in Nigeria:

  • Basic salary = N2,223,705
  • Leave allowance = N222,370.50
  • Vehicle loan = 400% of annual basic salary.
  • End of tenure gratuity = N6,671,115
  • Total salary = N11,540,896

Next we highlight the salary of deputy governors alongside other public office holders within the state.

Salaries of Deputy State Governors

The deputy governor is the second citizen in the state and he earns a little bit lower than the annual salary of the state governor. He receives N10,772,296 as salary per annum.

From this we can breakdown the salary of the deputy governor as:

  • Basic salary = N2,112,215
  • Vehicle loan = N8,448,860
  • Annual leave allowance = N211,221.50.

The deputy also enjoys accommodation and furniture allowance just as the governor which is dully provided for by the state government as well as medical bills. No limit is set also for foreign trips.

Commissioner Salary/Secretary to the State Government

The commissioner and the secretary to the state government earns the same salary. Both receives a salary of N10,831,522 that consists of an annual basic salary of N1,337,225.

Also within this range are the salaries of the chairmen of the State Civil Service Commission, Local Government Service Commission, State Judicial Service Commission and Chief of Staff to Governor.

Below is a breakdown of their what they earn:

  • Basic salary = N1,337,225
  • Furniture allowance = N4,011,675
  • Leave allowance = N133,722.50.
  • Vehicle loan = N5,348,900
  • Severance gratuity = N4,011,675

The only difference between the allowances of commissioners and the state secretary is in their foreign trips which is limited to $600 while local trip is set at N25,000.

How Much Is The Salary of  A Local Government Area Chairman?

The salary of Local Government Chairmen in a year is N5,994,659 when you add up all other allowances accrued to that office. Furniture allowance is received once in four years.

Here is a breakdown of what local government chairmen earn in the country:

  • Annual basic salary = N908,312
  • Furniture allowance = N1,362,468
  • Leave allowance = N90,831.20
  • Vehicle loan = N3,633,248
  • Severance gratuity =  N2,724,936

For salaries of the deputy local government chairman, it is estimated at N5,630, 169.60. Annual basic salary of N853,056 and furniture allowance of N1,279,584 is also included plus vehicle loan of N3,412,224 and a separate severance gratuity of N2,559,168.00.

Salaries of Local Government Councilors’ & Local Government Secretaries’

  • Total salary = N5, 341, 380
  • Basic salary = N809,300
  • Furniture allowance = N1,213, 950
  • Leave allowance = N80,930
  • Vehicle loan = N3,237,200.
  • End of tenure gratuity = N2, 427, 900


While the above figures for these public office holders might seem juicy, the work in which they do isn’t. The only advantage is that you are paid well for occupying such positions. The job of a public officer shouldn’t be done because of the benefits one gains but from service to humanity and the people that elected you.

No wonder the performance of many state governors or public office holders has diminished due to their selfish interest of the occupants of such office.

There you have it, the figures are on the basic salaries of Nigerian Governors and other public office holders. Are you for or against the reduction of Nigerian Governors Salary any further due to the economic situation in Nigeria? Do air your views in the comments section.


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  1. John

    For me governors should not collect more #500, 000 per month . They are not serving the interest of nigeria’s masses with the amount they are collecting presently. People are dying of hunger very day.
    May God us.

  2. The salaries is too high, what happened to security vote money.

  3. Haris

    Their Salary is too high for all time, not just at the time of economic recession. There are some allowances that are even more than the basic salary.

  4. Unstoppable

    It will be a fruitful effort if all this is getting to them (governors and the rest). Let them be sincere for once and stop eating the future generation, that will later take care of them in their old age i.e. if God allows them to grow old.

    1. But should we blame them or ourselves for putting such men in power?

      1. Emediong

        It’s the law makers that amended the constitutions that is latter pass into law

  5. Adeyinka

    The salalry is too much

  6. Hassan yusuf

    The salary is very enormouse have to be slash

  7. mb Keana

    These are people who cannot afford to pay #18,000 minimum wage. what a greediness of the highest order.

  8. Nwachinemere

    It’s absolute wickedness for these criminals called Governors to earn N2.22m as basic salaries and still leave on taxpayers’ money even for their relatives. This type of thing can only be seen in a useless and God forsaken place like Nigeria. Bearing in mind that most of these criminals are just WAEC holders.

  9. Greatstan

    This is crazy!!! Why should we not struggle to become politicians tomorrow? 2.22Mil excluding security votes.

  10. Adeniyi Tobi

    These are kind of governor who cannot avoid wardrope allowance.what kind of greediness is that!

  11. ogunbiyi kehinde

    I extremely hailed the president for taking this bond strategic steps and this will have a great effect on the Nation both economically and financially and every citizens will have mind of peace and entrust their representatives from various constituency

  12. praiz

    mtweee d salary is too much for Christ sake

  13. okoro shakespeare

    It’s so appalling for this so called governors to receive such a huge amount money #2.22m as a salaries per month while they are doing nothing for the masses. In the same vein, they are still embezzling public funds. God is our heper.

  14. Mahmud Ibrahim

    I Mahmud Ibrahim Mahmud I wish general
    Muhammadu buhari good lock

    1. Augustine Benard

      Na hausa man , wish him shit Goodluck irrespective of his flaws . NONSENSE

    2. Colee

      The Northerners will always praise their own person, no matter how silly he reasons and acts. Foolishness

  15. Chigozie Okorie

    Where is Nigeria heading to?
    A gov. Earning 2.2m as basic, what of allowances, security vote and other unaccounted that they acrue to themselves. Generally put them together so that Nigeria and Nigerians know the real figure governors pay to themselves. It is greed to the highest level

    1. They are the thieves we see in our country

  16. Akin

    In fact is not their salary that matter but they stop ’embezzlement’ that is it

  17. Colee

    Much of what an average governor do daily in Nigeria is for their selfish interest. They wont sign a contract if they cant embezzle thru it. They work for themselves, yet they receive such money as basic salary, meaning they go home with atleast, #10 million monthly. Yet, they owe workers. Nigeria is lost at sea. There’s need for a total restructuring but I dont know how it will ever start. I wish God can come down.

  18. akinnusi and arogunjo

    the amount of salaries that they earn is too much despite we the citizens that vote them in are suffering mysteriously they are less concern hacking to our voice they do not. so their salaries must be reduce base on economic situation arising in Nigeria now,their monthly salaries payment must be reduce.even the salaries of our rep’s is higher than,that of American president,their must be an adjustment of salary payment to the governors due to our economic crisis in Nigeria right now.

  19. Aliu umar

    These our govr are thief there is God ooooo, these money is to much they suppose to collect 50,000 per month

  20. Muhammad S. Ishaq

    When FRSC Will start recruitment ?

  21. Aminu Ibrahim Masanawa

    pls what is the Directors in the State Government and Local Government Salary?

  22. adamu ismail

    the salary is owk for them

  23. Jafar adhama jikamshi

    God forbit

  24. Daniel

    They take so much money but yet do not provide the masses with anything. God help Nigeria.

  25. alaba.o.a.

    they need to consider the public servants that are earning eighteen thousand Naira only for the past years and we are buying at the same market. The masses are not laughing at all because they dont want war of any sorts. I know God will do something miraculous in Nigeria soonest.


    O my god we seek your help and forgiveness we believe in you and depend on you. god bless nigeria and some honesty people in nigeria

  27. Jimmy Sheddy Jatau

    The money is on the high side

    1. Yes, no wonder politicians rush to get a taste of that seat

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