PM’s salary – Pio claims Bainimarama’s wages, benefits were boosted

National Federation Party MP Pio Tikoduadua while contributing to debate on the 2022-2023 budget in Parliament. Picture: PARLIAMENT OF FIJI

People aren’t aware that Voreqe Bainimarama’s salary and benefits was boosted in his role as the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander because he was performing the role of Prime Minister in 2010 and that skyrocketed to $316,250 per annum, claims National Federation Party MP Pio Tikoduadua.

He said this while responding to the 2022-2023 National Budget in Parliament last week.

Mr Tikoduadua said this package included a base salary of $230,000 per annum and other benefits that totalled to an annual salary of $316,250.

He told Parliament that children would receive a dollar a day, that was $180 in six months while Mr Bainimarama’s overseas travel allowance averages $3000 a day.

“Cabinet ministers are entitled to free meals and accommodation for local travel,” Mr Tikoduadua said.

“One wonders what is Parliament’s budget for our meals, morning and afternoon tea.

“A saqamoli per day when the cost of living has sky-rocketed to unbelievable levels with the cost of living adjustment in salaries in wages in both public and private sectors to ensure our people have buying power.”

In January 2010, Mr Tikoduadua claimed Mr Bainimarama’s salary was approved by the Office of the President following a letter by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

“My point is, if the RFMF Commander was being compensated for performing the role of the Prime Minister and extra duties, why is the very same Government providing $1 per day to its citizens and thinks it is good enough to meet the cost of basic food and essentials.”

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