AT a time Nigerians are groaning under the yoke of recession, members
of the National Assembly (NASS), comprising the Senators and members of
House of Representatives have received a total sum of N6.78 billion as
their official salaries and allowances in one year, investigation by
Economic Confidential has revealed.
The report, obtained by Economic Intelligence magazine showed the
‘legitimate’ remuneration of the federal legislators in compliance to
the statutory approval of the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and
Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).
The remuneration packages include: annual salaries, accommodation,
vehicle maintenance and fuel, personal assistants, house maintenance,
domestic staff, entertainment and utilities allowances. Other allowances
are; Constituency allowance, annual leave, hardship allowance,
wardrobe, newspapers and responsibility allowances.
A careful scrutiny of the report shows that each Senator has annual
salary of N2.02million while a member of House of Representatives
receives N1.98million as annual basic salary.
The basic salary of the Senate President is N2.48million while that
of the Speaker of House of Reps is N2.47million. The deputy Senate
President has N2.30million as annual basic salary while his counterpart,
Deputy Speaker earns N2.28million annually.
In addition to the annual basic salary, each member of the National
Assembly receives 200 per cent of the annual salary for accommodation,
75 per cent for vehicle maintenance, 25 per cent for personal
assistants, 5 per cent for house maintenance, 75 per cent for domestic
staff, 30 per cent for both entertainment and utilities. Others are, 25
per cent for wardrobe, 15 per cent for newspapers and responsibility
allowance of between 10, 7, and 5 per cent respectively as the case may
be on the position of the legislator. While each senator receives a
whopping 250 per cent for constituency allowance, member of House of
Representatives gets 100 per cent for the same annually.
In all, the senate alone, numbering 109 senators gulped the sum of
N1.85billion in the last one year, while the 360 members of the House of
Representatives got N4.93 billion.
According to estimates from the report, there are non-regular
allowances federal legislators are entitled to. They include furniture
and severance gratuity which are due only once in four years.
Other non-regular allowances include Estacode allowances which is
paid in US Dollars for foreign trips and Duty Tour allowance which is
paid in Naira for local trips within Nigeria.
Further analysis by Economic Confidential reveals that an average
Nigerian worker with a minimum wage of N18,000 a month will have to work
for four years before earning the utility allowance for one legislator.
“Unless the remuneration package is reviewed downward or upward by
the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, the
legislators will continue to enjoy the current official salaries and
Culled from Tribune Newspaper