Salaries and Allowances of Nigerian Legislators as Published by Revenue Commission
Barely one week after a report by UK based magazine, The Economist magazine published a piece, has claiming that Nigeria’s legislators were the highest paid in the world, the Revenue Mobilization, had Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) published details of the salaries and allowances earned by each members of the National Assembly.
The publication which was signed by the Acting Secretary of the Commission, Usman I. Garndawa, said the commission decided to publish the details so as to “to avoid misinformation and misrepresentation of facts.”
Garndawa said it is wrong for anybody to lump all salaries and allowances of the legislators into yearly totals because some of them are paid once in 4 years as opposed to the yearly payment many erroneously believe.
He 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.”
The RMAFC said that it was not responsible for the payment of any other allowance.
“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,” the statement said.
The table below is arrangement of the salaries and allowances earned by each member of the National Assembly.
S/No ALLOWANCES SENATORS REPS
1 Accommodation N4 m N3.97 m
2 Vehicle Loan (Every 4 years) N8 m N7.94 m
3 Furniture Allowance (Every 4 years) N6 m N5,956 m
4 Severance Gratuity (Every 4 years) N6.09 m N5.956 m
5 Vehicle fuelling and maintenance N1.52 m N1.489 m
6 Constituency Allowance N5 m N4.985 m
7 Domestic Staff N1.519 m N1.488 m
8 Personal Assistant N506,600 N496,303
9 Entertainment N607,920 N595,563
10 Recess N202,640 N198,521
11 Utilities N607,920 N397,042
12 Newspapers/Periodicals N303,960 N297,781
13 House Maintenance N101,321 N99,260
14 Wardrobe N506,600 N496,303
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