Court orders N’Assembly to disclose allowance paid to lawmakers

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the National Assembly to disclose financial details of its highly secretive constituency allowances, in a landmark judgment that may unearth the true scale of allowances earned by Nigerian lawmakers.

The judgment was delivered by Justice Abdu Kafarati in a Freedom of Information suit, filed against the National Assembly by a nongovernmental organization, the Legal Defence and Assistance Project, LEDAP.

Although the judgment was delivered back in February, PREMIUM TIMES obtained copies of the judgment Tuesday.

Details of the judgment shows the court directed the Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, to declare all budgetary allocations to members of the National Assembly for Constituency Projects between 2011 and 2013.

The National Assembly was ordered to provide LEDAP the details of every project earned for each constituency from 2011 to 2013, details of all budgetary allocations made in respect of each constituency project, and the details of the progress of the projects.

The court demanded that Mr. Maikasuwa provide the requested information within seven days.

Mr. Maikasuwa has not complied with the order more than two months after. He has appealed the ruling.
In his defence, the Clerk argued that he had no knowledge of the requested information, referring LEDAP to the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Appropriation Acts.

But the judge insisted that the National Assembly should provide all the information regarding Constituency Projects and how they are funded.

Section 2(1) of the FOI Act requires all public institutions to ensure that it records and keeps information about all its activities, operations and businesses. The act also gives the right to access the stored information to any person upon request, and when in denial can be taken to court.

Constituency Projects were conceived in the 4th assembly to help lawmakers go beyond their legislative duties to funding physical projects in their constituencies.

It is believed to have since been abused and turned into a slush fund for lawmakers who often use the money to finance their expensive lifestyles.

The amount of money the National Assembly receives – or sets aside – for constituency projects annually and how it is disbursed has for years been shrouded in secrecy.

Lawmakers are believed to receive huge sums, running into tens of millions, as Constituency Allowance every quarter.

The judgment is the first successful legal move to open up National Assembly spending on Constituency Allowance.

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  • tundemash

    Nigerian judges too have smelt the CHANGE ?

    • PARASITES_in_Power

      From PhD to clueless illiterate duncee? Of course you are right. That’s change!

      • Naira

        From forged PhD to the great General.

        • Okpokomikor

          you mean a Dunce and clueless Major General who smuggled himself into the army with incomplete results?

          • Naira

            Yes i meant your President and the president of the Utuoke clown.

      • tundemash

        From corruption is not stealing to Corruptiona and Stealing are same and punishable.
        can u kindly that PhD thesis please or is it not same PhD OBJ said never exist ?

        • Paulo

          If OBJ see PhD thesis e go sabi am?

          • tundemash

            As long as you sabi am, show us .

      • El Niño

        Phd, seriously? Even a primary school pupil will do better than Jonathan at running a country.

      • Fanen Harden

        PhD? Whats the meaning of PhD pls? man up my guy. Bill Gates left University, today him fit buy Bayelsa as a state in Nigeria abi a blow lie? I know of an Archiect wey no get schoo, Cert. yet most of those Island building in Lagos are his hand work. School Cert. or not provided he’s going to stop curruption/insurgents and stabilize our economy am with him all the way….till him fail to keep to his promises then I go switch to som1 else. As for u my guy I wish i know in person or have ur contact, U need an advice that’ll turn ur life around, I don’t to insult u tho.

  • PARASITES_in_Power

    Dear APC Times, na which part of Abuja una dey? So the temperature in your Abuja this night is 32 oC? I use Oba of Lagos – Oba Ikilliyou take beg una. Pls manually change that temperature figure.

  • PARASITES_in_Power

    …………….THE KAIAMA DECLARATION ……………

    Based on the foregoing, we, the youths of Ijawland, hereby make the following resolutions to be known as the Kaiama Declaration:

    1. All land and natural resources (including mineral resources) within the Ijaw territory belong to Ijaw communities and are the basis of our survival.

    2. We cease to recognise all undemocratic decrees that rob our peoples/communities of the right to ownership and control of our lives and resources, which were enacted without our participation and consent. These include the Land Use Decree and The Petroleum Decree etc.

    3. We demand the immediate withdrawal from Ijawland of all military forces of occupation and repression by the Nigerian State…. Any oil company that employs the services of the armed forces of the Nigerian State to “protect” its operations will be viewed as an enemy of the Ijaw people.

    4…. We, therefore, demand that all oil companies stop all exploration and exploitation activities in the Ijaw area. We are tired of gas flaring; oil spillages, blowouts… pending the resolution of the issue of resource ownership and control in the Ijaw area of the Niger Delta

    5.. Ijaw youths and Peoples will promote the principle of peaceful coexistence between all Ijaw communities and with our immediate neighbours,… We offer a hand of friendship and comradeship to our neighbors: the Itsekiri, Ilaje, Urhobo, Isoko, Edo, Ibibio, Ogoni, Ekpeye, Ikwerre etc. We affirm our commitment to joint struggle with the other ethnic nationalities in the Niger delta area for self-determination.

    6. We express our solidarity with all peoples organisations and ethnic nationalities in Nigeria and elsewhere who are struggling for self-determination and justice. In particular we note the struggle of the Oodua peoples Congress (OPC) [ aka Wayo people], the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (Mosop), Egi Women’s Movement etc.
    …..
    9 We call on all Ijaws to remain true to their Ijawness and to work for the total liberation of our people. You have no other true home but that which is in Ijawland.

    10 …Conference approved that the best way for Nigeria is a federation of ethnic nationalities. The federation should be run on the basis equality and social justice.
    Signed for the entire participants by:

    Felix Tuodolo
    Ogoriba, Timi Kaiser-Wilhelm. 1998

    • Akiika

      What movie is this? Black Gold 1 or 2?

    • El Niño

      Get a life dude! People do not drink oil for a living in Saudi Arabia and all the other oil producing country.Stop dreaming dreams and hoping for the impossible. Enough with mental waywardness, go out there and earn a living instead of hoping for a handout. Humanity will not cease to exist without your oil, even the Scots with all of theirs still voted to remain in the UK last year!

    • Layo

      The youth of Ijaw land are jobless and lazy, this is why the few learned ones take you for granted and refused to develop your region, and the best you can do is to struggle for pipeline contracts. Change has come. You can not drink your oil. Get a life miscreant. Even your so called confirmed criminal, Asari Dokubo built his school in Cotonou.

    • Fanen Harden

      Na play u dey bro. U have eyes but it seems u can’t see ur neighbours roof abi? stop dreaming and wake up to reality. Go out there and earn a living for urself and stop the noise its gonna take u no-where. Ask ur elders to help u think proper plssssssss. Thanks.

  • bikky

    That is good for our democratic rules.

  • PARASITES_in_Power

    How many of these legislathieves are from the wealthy and resource laden countries of continent Nigeria? This is why we need break up and resource control to stop corrupt beggarly alimajiris like Farouk Liwan, Kwankwanso etc from living fat on our hard earned Niger Delta resources.

    • Naira

      Sometimes is good to be mumu.

    • El Niño

      In your ignorance and mediocrity you missed the essence of the court verdict. Wake up and smell the coffee dude, break up will not solved your problems especially the one where you want handouts from the government because you think you hold the ace. The problem of Nigeria has never been the union but the people and their messed up mindset including yours. If it were possible to experiment with it for a while many of you will see that you will be worse off in your so called broken up entities than you can ever be in Nigeria. Angels will not come down from heaven to rule you but the same criminals with greedy mindsets like yours.
      Take your ass off the couch and get useful, get a job earn a decent living and be contented with whatever you earn and have like it is in other part of the real world. There is NOTHING like a ¨ whole me ¨, ¨ I don big pass dis and dat ¨ the disease that has held many of you in poverty.

    • Curseless

      How about all the capital layout and funds appropriated for the sole purpose of developing Nigger Delta that suddenly grew wings and flew away leaving the poor people there in the hole. Let’s be reasonable and be factual, 99% of our so called politicians are robbers, therefore pointing a finger in one direction just left you with four other fingers pointing in your direction.

    • Suraj Ibraheem

      “Hard earned”, how did you earned it? I guess not through hard work

    • objective

      All the resources allocated to your areas how were they managed.?They were all looted and your villages still remains the way they have been. My friend don’t hallucinate you have the highest proportion of thieves in the entire Federal Republic of Nigeria. Look at the Presidency that was handed over to you for six years how much is left in the purse?

      Even if we say okay go have your own country, you will be worse off because these same people will loot you to the bones and there, you cannot talk because their militants are waiting to harass or kill you.

  • True son of the soil

    Air don blow faul yash

  • Abdulazeez Oyibo

    If baba does not review their salaries downward as an example, this CHANGE wont work o!

  • Basketmouth

    The president does not have the right or the power to fix the salary of the national assembly or anyone for that matter. However, there are ways the president can influence the commission that deals with the issue of salary and remuneration for political appointees and elected officers. I think the best way to do this is for the president himself to show the way forward by his own personal example.

  • Zubairu Usman

    Nigerians must know the legal structure of the constituency programme and projects executed so far, for the Nigerians to react.

  • Philex

    My simple question is this: Where are the likes of Abike Dabiri who championed the FOI Bill and were posing about pretending to be champions of transparency and good governance. HYPOCRITES!

    • Nike Vaughan

      Re: Abike Dabiri as an example of Nigeria’s tragedy

      philex: First of all, understand that Abike Dabiri is a Muslim. She studied French.
      She did not study public administration-related courses. She worked as a reporter
      with NTA. She was then virtually suborned to perjury by Alhaji Bola Tinubu in 2003
      as member of Action Congress [AC]. The only basis, of course, was ISLAM.
      She is Muslim, though clueless.

      She was then sent to the House of Representatives on aC ticket just to howl.
      She does not have any discernible core belief on anything, well – except money.

      It is no surprise she exulted when the National Assembly passed the Freedom of
      Information Act. She then, contradictorily, exulted again when her criminal AC party
      denied all citizens the same freedom of information access in all the AC-controlled
      states till now. Abike Dabiri really had no business in politics. An incurious populace
      voted for her face, as seen on television, without checking the contents of her brain.

      • objective

        Any personal misunderstanding? I sense that!

      • Layo

        Use your real name nitwit. A bike is soaring high, you are here having sleepless nights. Retard. Change is a moving train. Get in line.

        • Musanga

          @Layo, so surprise at your respond after all the allegations against successful Abike. Was only trying to see you explaining out those fact. Is this how the change will be?

  • coalition for transparency

    THIS IS THE MEANING OF DEMOCRACY – FULL TRANSPARENCY.
    ALHAJI RAJI FASOLA IS STILL IN COURT FIGHTING TOOTH AND NAIL
    TO COVER UP THE MASSIVE THEFTS INSIDE LAGOS GOVERNMENT
    UNDER HIMSELF AND BOLA AHMED TINUBU; AND ARGUING THAT
    LAGOSIANS HAVE NO RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF INFORMATION.

    • sammie

      @coalition for transparency,

      Alhaji Raji Fasola is just too brazenly corrupt. He must have bribed the local media.
      The terrifying disclosures of thefts under his regime were NOT made by journalists.
      We only got to know of it through the Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and Jimi Agbaje.
      That’s because Raji Fashola bribed the civil rights people into conspiratorial silence.
      Not once in eight (8) years did Femi Falana, Wole Soyinka or Itse Sagay complain.
      This is very bad. I have lost respect for the so-called radicals in Lagos and the south.
      To me, they are potential treasury looters, if given similar direct access to state funds.
      Nigeria needs to get rid of these thieves called radicals, in favor of truly honest Nigerians.

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  • Majek tunde

    Those legislature guys can’t just continue to rip the rest of us up. God bless all of you fighting for the rest of us Do not relent. Those SON OF BITCHES calling themselves law makers are worst than the worst

  • objective

    I don’t know whose idea this constituency project thing is. What I know is that it is a very potent tool for corruption, mismanagement and abuse of office.

    The duty of legislatures all over the world is lawmaking and conducting what is Called constituency surgery to listen to the problems of their constituent and relay it to their various governments; not to build projects. That one is an executive function. I know of a close person who went to the Rep within 8 months he had bought properties all over the place including overseas.You cannot point to any project in his constituency till date.

    We must now move to scrap this constituency project thing. It is bare face robbery of the people. Also the allowances of our lawmakers must be put in the public place for all to see. It is not a family disbursement. It is public funds.

    We are going to push this request under the new order.

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  • Rommel

    This ruling should be enforced with maximum vigor,Nigerians voted for change and change has now started to make landfall in Nigeria

  • Bidemi Lukman

    E ti rin nkan kan. Ija sese bere with the Senathieves

  • Charles

    NIGERIA’S OVERPAID LEGISLATORS
    PLEASE, READ: THIS IS WHY EVERYBODY WANTS
    TO
    GO TO ABUJA. Read & send to all your contacts let us do this
    together so that our country will be better for us and children to live
    like other Europe country that our Nigeria people are runny to today
    thank you,
    If you don’t understand why those who are in
    Abuja don’t want to return and those who want
    to go are doing so at all cost, look at this
    information.
    SPECIAL REPORT:
    SALARY OF NIGERIAN SENATORS.
    After reading through this Special Report, any
    shred of doubt in the reader’s mind that Nigeria is
    doomed and heading for a headlong, downward
    plummeting will simply dissipate. The details of
    the remuneration of an average Nigerian Senator
    is detailed below:
    * Basic Salary (B.S) – N2,484,245.50
    * Hardship Allowance (50% of B.S) –
    N1,242,122.70
    * Constituency Allowance (200% of B.S) –
    N4,968,509.00
    * Newspapers Allowance (50% of B.S) –
    N1,242,122.70
    * Wardrobe Allowance (25% of B.S) –
    N621,061.37
    * Recess Allowance (10% of B.S) – N248,424.55
    * Accommodation (200% of B.S) – N4,968,509.00
    * Utilities (30% of B.S) – N828,081.83
    * Domestic Staff (70% of B.S) – N1,863,184.12
    * Entertainment (30% of B.S) – N828,081.83
    * Personal Assistants (25% of B.S) – N621,061.12
    * Vehicle Maintenance Allowance (75% of B.S) –
    N1,863,184.12
    * Leave Allowance (10% of B.S) – N248,424.55
    * Severance Gratuity (300% of B.S) –
    N7,452,736.50
    * Car Allowance (400% of B.S) – N9,936,982.00
    * TOTAL MONTHLY SALARY = N29,479,749.00
    ($181,974.00)
    * TOTAL YEARLY SALARY = N29,479,749.00 x 12
    = N353,756,988.00 ($2,183,685.00)
    * EXCHANGE RATE: $1 = N162
    LEGISLATORS PAY WORLDWIDE PER ANNUM
    * Britain – $105,400.00
    * United States – $174,000.00
    * France – $85,900.00
    * South Africa – $104,000.00
    * Kenya – $74,500.00
    * Saudi Arabia – $64,000.00
    * Brazil – $157,600.00
    * Ghana – $46,500.00
    * Indonesia – $65,800.00
    * Thailand – $43,800.00
    * India – $11,200.00
    * Italy – $182,000.00
    * Bangladesh – $4,000.00
    * Israel – $114,800.00
    * Hong Kong – $130,700.00
    * Japan – $149,700.00
    * Singapore – $154,000.00
    * Canada – $154 000.00
    * New Zealand – $112,500.00
    * Germany – $119,500.00
    * Ireland – $120,400.00
    * Pakistan – $3,500.00
    * Malaysia – $25,300.00
    * Sweden – $99 300.00
    * Sri Lanka – $5,100.00
    * Spain – $43,900.00
    * Norway – $138,000.00
    In terms of lawmakers’ salaries as a ratio of GDP
    per capita, the gap is even much wider. While the
    salary of a Nigerian lawmaker is 116 times the
    country’s GDP per person, that of a British
    member of parliament is just 2.7 times.
    The average salary of Nigerian worker based on
    the national minimum wage is N18,000.00, So,
    the yearly salary is N18,000.00 x 12 =
    N216,000.00 ($1,333.00)
    Remember, Yearly Salary of Nigerian Senator =
    $2,183,685.00.
    Proportion: $2,183,685.00/$1,333.00 = 1,638
    It will take an average Nigerian worker 1,638
    years to earn the yearly salary of a Nigerian
    Senator.
    Source: the economist
    Legislators, both at d state & federal level are d
    problem of dis country. They only legislate into
    their pocket. Lets unite, mobilize & move against
    them beginning with those thieves at the National
    Assembly. We the Nigeria youth want the National Assembly Annum to be cut to $70,000.00. Per yearly thank you.

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