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RIP OFF: Legitimate Salaries and Allowance of National Assembly Members

May 17, 2015

**RMAFC warns that any other allowances received are illegal
The Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has published details of legitimate salaries and allowances of National Assembly members and ministers.
In a public notice published in today’s edition of Daily Trust, signed by the commission’s acting secretary Usman I. Garndawa, RMAFC said it was providing the details “to avoid misinformation and misrepresentation of facts” in media reports.

The figures for legislators are similar to those published by Daily Trust on July 22 with few exceptions where the figures now provided by RMAFC are higher. But the commission faulted the lumping of all salaries and allowances into yearly totals, saying some of the entitlements are “non-regular” and paid once in four years.
National Assembly Salaries and Allowances
According to the public notice by RMAFC, lawmakers’ allowances include accommodation (Senator N4m, Rep N3.97m), vehicle loan (Senator N8m, Rep N7.94m), furniture (Senator N6m, Rep N5.956m) and severance gratuity (Senator N6.09m, Rep N5.956m), which are due once in four years.
Out of these figures, only the vehicle loan for members of the House of Representatives differs with what Daily Trust reported on July 22, which was N6.948m. While accommodation allowance is paid yearly, furniture, severance and car loan are paid once in four years, the commission said.
Annual allowances are motor vehicle fuelling and maintenance (Senator N1.52m, Rep N1.489m), constituency (Senator N5m, Rep N1.985m), domestic staff (Senator N1.519m, Rep N1.488m), personal assistant (Senator N506,600; Rep N496,303), entertainment (Senator N607,920, Rep N595,563), recess (Senator N202,640; Rep N198,521), utilities (Senator N607,920; Rep N397,042), newspaper/periodicals (Senator N303,960; Rep N297,781), house maintenance (Senator N101,320; Rep N99,260) and wardrobe (Senator N506,600; Rep N496,303).

Here, the difference with Daily Trust’s report is on member’s vehicle fuelling and maintenance (reported as N595,563), member’s constituency (reported as N1.687m), senator’s and member’s entertainment (reported as Senator N202,640, Rep N198,521) as well as wardrobe (reported as Senator N405,280; Rep N397,402). The Daily Trust’s July 22 report was quoting RMAFC’s documents dated February 2007.

Apart from recess allowance, these are paid in monthly installments, RMAFC said.
Other allowances are estacode (Senator $950, Rep $900) and duty tour allowance (Senator N37,000; Rep N35,000) payable “when applicable.” These figures are also higher than what Daily Trust reported on July 22.

Explaining the modalities of paying the salaries and allowances, RMAFC said: “Regular allowances are paid regularly with basic salaries while non-regular allowances are paid as at when due. For instance, furniture allowance and severance gratuity are paid once in every tenure and vehicle allowance which is optional is a loan which the beneficiary has to pay before the end of tenure. It is therefore wrong and misleading to add up allowances irrespective of whether they are regular, refundable or non-regular as the regular annual emoluments of political public office holders.”

But RMAFC warned that any other allowances received by the affected officials are illegal and the chief accounting officer should be held responsible.
“The commission also wishes to use this opportunity to state that any other allowance(s) enjoyed by any political, public office holders outside those provided in the Remuneration Act of 2008 is not known to the commission and the chief accounting officer should be held accountable,” RMAFC’s notice added.

The salaries and allowances for ministers and ministers of state now published by RMAFC are also similar to those contained in Daily Trust’s July 25 edition.
Source: Daily Trust, August 2013

NB
NIGERIAN WORKERS
With a national minimum wage of N18,000.00 per month, totalling N216,000.00 per annum, it will take the average Nigerian worker, 60 years and 44 years to earn the annual salary and allowances of a Nigerian Senator and Member of the House of Representatives respectively. This cannot be right and something urgent has to be done to slash the salaries and allowances of the members of the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly.
– Stephen Dieseruvwe

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Lulah Dabale permalink
    May 17, 2015 10:27

    Nigerians must know that renumuration of public officers is determined #RMAFC by law and such can’t be reversed in d shortest possible time till d 1999 constitution as amended is truly amended by d leaders of land with collaboration of same distinguish senators of d federal republic,members of house of representative with all d members of stste houses of assembly of d 36 states including #Abuja.
    Im of d view that all this is divisionary cumbersome and time wasting d new gvt myst concentrate on their campaign promises made to #Nigerians cos they have made promises of change and we’re patiently waiting for d Pres.elect.Buhari do d magic in 4yrs to come no excuse whatever may b d case #Change has come to #Nigeria.

  2. Lulah Dabale permalink
    May 17, 2015 10:38

    Nigerians must know that renumuration of public officers is determined by #RMAFC backed d by law of d land and such can’t be reversed in d shortest possible time till d 1999 constitution as amended is truly amended by d leaders of land with collaboration of same distinguish senators of d federal republic,members of house of representative with all d members of state houses of assembly of d 36 states including #Abuja.
    Im of d view that all this is divisionary cumbersome and time wasting d new gvt must concentrate on their campaign promises made to #Nigerians cos they have made promises of change and we’re patiently waiting for d Pres.elect.Buhari d magic wand shd do d needful in 4yrs to come, no excuse whatever may b d case #Change has come to #Nigeria.

  3. Lulah Dabale permalink
    May 17, 2015 10:41

    Nigerians must know that renumuration of public officers is determined by #RMAFC backed d by law of d land and such can’t be reversed in d shortest possible time till d 1999 constitution as amended is truly amended by d leaders of land with collaboration of same distinguish senators of d federal republic,members of house of representative with approval by all d members of state houses of assembly of d 36 states including #Abuja.Mind a judge presiding over his own case wgat do u expect????.
    Im of d view that all this is divisionary cumbersome and time wasting d new gvt must concentrate on their campaign promises made to #Nigerians cos they have made promises of change and we’re patiently waiting for d Pres.elect.Buhari d magic wand shd do d needful in 4yrs to come, no excuse whatever may b d case #Change has come to #Nigeria.

  4. ojukwu permalink
    May 17, 2015 10:45

    This criminals has ruined my dear country with somuch syphoning of money from our treasury in the name of making laws that is almost no existant,i pity for this great nation with lots of baggage looters of our economy

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