Nigerian Senators, Reps earn N6.78 billion annually

The National Assembly
The National Assembly

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 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. 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 annual salary of N2.02 million while a member of House of Representative receives N1.98 million as annual basic salary. The basic salary of the Senate President is N2.48 million while that of the Speaker of House of Rep is N2.47 million. The Deputy Senate President has N2.30 million as annual basic salary while his counterpart, Deputy Speaker earns N2.28 $million 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 Representative gets 100 per cent for the same annually.

In all, the senate alone numbering 109 senators gulped N1.85 billion 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 allowances.

A link to the tables is attached here

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  • Dazmillion

    Scrapping the senate is long over due

    • niran ade

      I hope they are reading this.

      • Aremu Mathew Okikiolu

        With the whooping newspaper allowance, they don’t have any reason not to read this!

        • Guest

          Hahaha! good one.

  • William Norris

    Nigerians hardly pay any taxes so there’s no grounds for protest here.

    The only people that have a right to protest against this are the people of the Niger Delta. It’s their money.

    • Aremu Mathew Okikiolu

      Is Niger Delta not part of Nigeria? These goons are stealing the commonwealth and you are trying to justify it? Is Buhari responsible for this wanton act of perfidy? Your representative is among those earning this obscene salaries and allowances.

      • William Norris

        Which “common”wealth? The people of Nigeria have NOTHING in common.

        Do the people of the Niger Delta consent to their resources being taken and distributed to other Nigerians?

        Nigerians don’t pay taxes so at now the ONLY part of the country that sustains the government is the Niger Delta and that’s UNFAIR.

        People like you, the majority of Nigerians, see the duty of the FG as STEALING from the Niger Delta and giving you a fair share. You’re no different from these legislators you condemn.

        • Aremu Mathew Okikiolu

          Speak for yourself that you don’t pay your taxes. I pay mine. Besides, since you don’t know of any commonwealth, Jonathan is from Niger Delta, ask him what he did with Niger Delta when he was at the helm. Are you a Nigerian cos your name does not reflect Nigeria.

          • William Norris

            Nigeria and Sweden have about the same GDP of around $450 billion.
            Sweden collects $250 billion in Federal revenue, Nigeria FG collects about $28 billion and States/LG another $30 billion.
            And about 90% of ALL that Federal, State & Local revenue comes from the crude oil & natural gas sector which is only 15% of GDP.
            Take some time and think about the above, really think and digest the implications of it.
            Nobody’s pocket is being picked in Nigeria except you’re from the Niger Delta. That’s the honest truth. The ONLY people paying for the Fed Govt today are the people of the Niger Delta. The sad, wicked and unfortunate truth is that most Nigerians want it to continue that way.
            That’s really the bottom line, that’s what Occupy Nigeria was about in Jan 2012 and that’s the root of the CURRENT economic crisis. I mean, how many Nigerians protested when OBJ wiped out Odi?

          • Aremu Mathew Okikiolu

            Silence is the best answer for a …

          • William Norris

            Better for you to keep silent than keep revealing yourself as an uninformed MORON.

          • Aremu Mathew Okikiolu

            You lack home training. Equally, you lack respect for tenses. Read your reply again, you dimwitted buffoon.

  • Aremu Mathew Okikiolu

    “A quality education grants us the ability to fight the war on ignorance and poverty”, says Charles B. Rangel. There is a constitutional provision which provides the any representative, either in the green or red chamber can be Recalled. This is the most appropriate time to activate the recall button. But we lack what the opening quote asserts. Most unfortunate.

  • Rommel

    Civil servants across Nigeria should instead of agitating for salary increment concentrate on demanding the following allowances as glanced from the list provided above,vehicle maintenance allowances and fuel,House maintenance,utilities allowances,wardrobe, newspapers and responsibility allowances

  • bature johnson

    THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SHOULD BE ADMINISTERED ON PART TIME BASIS ‘AS ITS A CHAMBER CHARACTERIZED BY SELFISHNESS AND GREED

  • marc umeh

    I’m surprised they don’t have bowel movement allowance.

  • ubandoma

    Revolution, Revolution, Revolution

  • ukoette ibekwe

    The Nigerian media and so many of us are so fixated on the NASS and forget to shine their ridiculous investigations on Aso Rock. Premium times why have you guys forgotten so soon that Buhari spent about 3billion Naira in ten days to get his ear inspected and waxed in England.
    Ordinarily, it could be NASS seems to take so much compared to the general population but it pales in comparison what your Aso Rock is taking and spending.
    You guys want to critique the wastefulness in the land, why not attack the bull from the horns.

    • Aremu Mathew Okikiolu

      Can you substantiate this spurious N3bn allegation?