FACT-CHECK: How accurate is the payslip Speaker Dogara made public?

Speaker Yakubu Dogara
Speaker Yakubu Dogara

Going by the approved remuneration guidelines for federal lawmakers, the content of a payslip recently circulated by Speaker Yakubu Dogara mostly reflected some of his genuine earnings as the leader of the Nigerian House of Representatives, PREMIUM TIMES can report.

But it also indicates that the speaker may be earning N247, 711.47 more than what the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) recommended as his constituency allowance.

Mr. Dogara on April 12 released documents bearing his pay for a three-month period from January to March 2017, in an apparent response to Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

The Kaduna State Governor had two days before published details of his state’s expenses, including his state’s security expenditure and personal pay slip, drawing nationwide accolades.

Mr. El-Rufai published the details after the speaker challenged him to disclose how Kaduna’s money and local government appropriation were being spent.

“I will like to challenge him (El-Rufai) to champion this cause for transparency in the budgetary process from the National Assembly to other arms of government beginning with the judiciary,” the speaker said on April 7. “What do they spend monthly as security votes, and if they can publish what happens to local government funds under their jurisdictions, that will help our discussion going forward.”

Mr. El-Rufai had earlier demanded transparency from Mr. Dogara, who together with Senate President Bukola Saraki, had maintained a water-tight secrecy around the National Assembly budget.

After Mr. El-Rufai released details of his account, Mr. Dogara released scanned copies of his basic pay as obtained from the National Assembly staff payroll office.

The documents, which were distributed by his media aide, Turaki Hassan, indicated that the speaker earned a total sum of N402.530.37 per month before statutory deductions.

Shortly after the details were made public, Abdulmumin Jibrin, an erstwhile ally of the speaker currently on suspension for triggering the budget padding scandal, asked Nigerians to be sceptical about the figures.

“If what I saw is the authentic payslip of Mr. Speaker, it means I earn more than him from what I see in my salary statement of account,” Mr. Jibrin tweeted on April 12.

But a PREMIUM TIMES’ reconciliation of Mr. Dogara’s payslip show they largely correlate with that designed by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission.

A breakdown of the figures provided by the speaker showed that Mr. Dogara earned N206, 425.83, N175, 461.96 and N20, 642.58 as basic salary, constituency allowance and recess allowance, respectively, from January through March.

Based on his payslip, the speaker’s basic salary will accumulate to N2,477,109.96 per annum. The RMAFC set N2,477,110.00 for the same period.

Similarly, the speaker’s payslip showed he earned N20,642.58 as monthly recess allowance.  Calculated over a 12-month period, he would receive N247, 710.96 per annum, which is about 10 per cent of his basic salary.  The RMAFC pegged his recess allowance at 10 per cent of annual basic salary.

As his constituency allowance, Mr. Dogara claimed N175, 461.96. That would give the speaker N2, 105, 543. 52 per annum.

However, the RMAFC stipulated that Mr. Dogara should draw 75 per cent of his annual basic salary as constituency allowance, which is about N1, 857, 832.5.

This indicates that the speaker may have earned N247, 711.47 more than what RMAFC recommended as his constituency allowance.

The RMAFC did not say if the speaker was entitled to earn more than other lawmakers. The regulator only imposed 125 per cent and 75 per cent of annual basic salary as constituency allowances for senators and representatives, respectively.

The speaker’s spokesperson, Mr. Hassan did not respond to PREMIUM TIMES’ requests for clarification. Phone calls, text messages and emails directed to him were not replied.

OTHER ALLOWANCES

One noticeable fact from Mr. Dogara’s pay slip is that it contained only three of several categories of allowances and entitlements that the RMAFC prescribed for him and other lawmakers.

Apart from the basic salaries, constituency and recess allowances, Mr. Dogara and other lawmakers also receive provisions for accommodation, vehicle maintenance, and fuel allowance.

The emoluments, which run into tens of millions of naira include entertainment and utility allowances, responsibility allowance, annual leave allowance, wardrobe, hardship allowance, newspapers allowance, amongst others.

It is not clear if Mr. Dogara receives a separate pay slip for these other legal allowances, or if he received a bulk payment for them as some lawmakers are said to do.

The RMAFC also made provisions for lawmakers to receive estacode when they travel on assignments.

All these legal allowances are separate from the estimated N15 million that each lawmaker is said to receive quarterly as office running cost. This allowance is illegal and the lawmakers have never admitted receiving it.

It is impossible to tell the exact amount that accrues to Mr. Dogara, Senate President Bukola Saraki and the other 467 other senators and representatives on a yearly basis —since details of their annual budgets have been kept secret.

Since 2015, the two presiding officers, despite promises, have rebuffed the yearnings of Nigerians that their expenses be disclosed to the public. Mr. Dogara has, however, promised to make the details public in 2017.


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  • Deansmart

    Ramfac should be held responsible it made those funds available to those thugs call legislatures

    • Suleiman Alatise

      Ledgislooters, mind you!

  • Shahokaya

    The only thing that will make DogAra and SaraKi to disclose their earnings is when the staff of Premium Times and Sahara reporters displayed their own. Remove the grass on your faces before removing the log from their faces!

    • tundemash

      Wow ! Did you just say that ? Which public institution does Premium Times and Sahara reporters work for ?
      I think Sarakonda and other rogues are a minor problem compared with the monstrous ignorance displayed by ordinary Nigerians on a daily basis.
      An overhaul of school education is urgently required in Nigeria as there are too many Dino Melayes, with dodgy education, spreading ignorance online as freedom of speech.

      • Opekete

        Thank you so much. Also thank God for Internet for it has exposed not only the ignorance and lack of functional education of and in our people. Just listen to Shahokaya asking Sahara reporters and Premium Times to release details of their salaries. I am amazed to no end. I just pray that it is only a minority of our people that reason like this or else, go figure.

        • Shahokaya

          Hahaha! It is easier for Sahara and Premium staff to release details of their salaries than members of NASS to release their budget. Why did the chicken cross the road?

      • FineBoy

        Shahokaya could be Saraki or Dogara in disguise here

      • thisnigeria

        The level of ignorance displayed by some Nigerians remains incomprehensible. What effect does the earnings of Sahara Reporter and Premium Times staffers have on @shahokaya:disqus ‘s well being?This why we are where we are and this is why more or less there is no hope for the future.

        • tundemash

          Is it scary that ignoramus like @Shahokaya are allowed to vote even it is obvious he can hardly think ? Oh ! I don;t wish to be in Buhari’s shoes governing millions of ignoramus like this.

      • Holy truth

        Shahokaya must be one of d students dat didn’t have certificate like Dino mai liar 4 him not know d difference between a public office holder & a private office holder. Dat’s d reason I restrained myself to respond to his post bcos it’s not worth it.

        • Shahokaya

          Did you really restrained your self or did I succeeded in taking you through the woods? Hahaha!

      • Shahokaya

        Hahaha! Tunde wear your thinking cap and re-read my posting again !

      • emmanuel

        Overhaul of education???? And your yoruba brother and presidential adviser, one Professor Mumuwole opined that the disparity in cut off marks between the North and the rest of the country (East, West & South) is very normal as it respects and ‘preserves’ the FEDERAL structure. Where were you when he made his demented comments? Yeye fowl.

    • Suleiman Alatise

      You are truly shahokaya, what a pity.

      • tundemash

        lol!

    • El Patron

      Are you 12 years old? God almighty! How can Nigeria ever get better with people like this???

      • Holy truth

        Even a 12yrs old child will spew dis childish talk 4rm his or her mouth. Shahkayo’s post sounded more like a brain injury person.

      • Shahokaya

        I am a little above 12, a 12 year old doesn’t know the difference between Dogara and DogAra, he might however knew that the proverb at the end of my post was twisted for a purpose. See how 13 year old can play with your age mates?

  • Arise Nigeria

    ” A Nation is reawakened when politicians continue in the path of reckless
    criminality. A vexed and angry Mob is encouraged because he who is down
    fears no fall. My people, check out the recent skirmishes in Niger,
    Nassarawa and Jigawa, e never start, we dey come. The biggest showdown
    will obviously start from the north – Their eyes don dey open. Our
    docility has been ridiculed and our fear laughed at, but, soon, we will
    strike fear in the hearts of our thieving leaders, we will kill
    Corruption before it kills us. ”

    — Charly Boy

  • Ezomon Ehichioya

    Hi, Forum People, do not crucify @Shahokaya; he’s being satirical. He spoke in parables. Look at his post again below, and see how he wrote the names of the two subjects here: DogAra and SaraKi! Read the post very carefully and see that he used “remove the grass on your faces” instead of the “log in your eye.” He chose the words very deliberately. (@Shahokaya: “The only thing that will make DogAra and SaraKi to disclose their earnings is when the staff of Premium Times and Sahara reporters displayed their own. Remove the grass on your faces before removing the log from their faces!”) Can you see the difference?

    • Man_Enough

      He should learn to speak truth clearly. Hiding the truth in an obscure parable is like hiding a lit lantern under the bed.

  • Olugbenga Roberts

    The honourable Speaker never submitted pay slips. What he presented was “Pay rolls” which is alien to the office environment

  • In response to El-Rufai’s presentation, Dogara presented his own “payslip”, and it is still impossible to tell the exact amount that accrues to him. These lawmakers will never cease to make a joke of our intelligence.