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Salary Breakdown: How Senators, Reps Earn ₦6.78bn Annually

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 ₦6.78 billion as their official salaries and allowances in one year, investigation by Economic Confidential has revealed.

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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. Others allowances are; Constituency allowance, Annual Leave, Hardship allowance, wardrobe, newspapers and responsibility allowances.

A careful scrutiny of the report shows that each Senator has an annual salary of ₦2.02m while a member of the House of Representative receives ₦1.98m as annual basic salary. The basic salary of the Senate President is ₦2.48m while that of the Speaker of House of Rep is ₦2.47m. The Deputy Senate President has ₦2.30m as annual basic salary while his counterpart, Deputy Speaker earns ₦2.28m annually.

In addition to the annual basic salary, each member of the National Assembly receives 200 percent of the annual salary for accommodation, 75 percent for vehicle maintenance, 25 percent for Personal Assistants, 5 percent for house maintenance, 75 percent for domestic staff, 30 percent for both entertainment and utilities. Others are, 25 percent for wardrobe, 15 percent for newspapers and responsibility allowance of between 10, 7, and 5 percent respectively as the case may be on the position of the legislator. While each senator receives a whopping 250 percent for constituency allowance, member of House of Representative gets 100% for the same annually.

In all the senate alone numbering 109 senators gulped the sum of ₦1.85billion in the last one year, while the 360 members of the House of Representatives got ₦4.93 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 ₦18,000 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 allowances.

A link to the tables as attached below too: https://economicconfidential.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Economic-Confidential-Remuneration-Legislators-PDF2.pdf

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