Fidelity bank banner UBA banner
Activists demand 60 per cent cut in National Assembly members’ salaries, allowances

By News Express on 25/06/2015

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 3,173

Some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on Tuesday in Abuja demanded a 60 per cent downward review in the salaries and allowances of National Assembly members.

The CSOs, during a protest at the National Assembly’s gate, said that the demand was important in view of the number of Nigerians living in poverty and the country’s revenue.

The Executive Director, Conscience Nigeria, Mr Tosin Adeyanju said the CSOs staged the protest because Nigerians were angry about the jumbo pay to lawmakers and appointees in spite of the country’s economic reality.

Adeyanju said Nigerian lawmakers were the highest paid in the world, adding: “We need this money to develop our infrastructure.

“In 2013, the National Assembly allocation and budget was about N50 billion; by 2015, it has astronautically jumped to about 120 billion for just 469 people. Is it justifiable?

“For a country that has over 180 million people, and in a nation that is in economic crises with huge dependence on oil revenue that has dipped by 50 per cent.

“We need to save Nigeria from imminent collapse or is it that they want this country to turn to another Greece,” he said.

He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to lead by example and ensure that the numbers of political appointees were reduced and their wages cut by 60 per cent.

“Political position must be made less attractive so that political assassination can stop and cost of electioneering in the country can reduce,” Adeyanju said.

The CSOs listed “Details of remuneration of Nigerian Senator” in a flier distributed by the protesters.

In the flier, the basic total monthly pay per senator is N29.47 million amounting to N353.76 million (US$2.18 million) per annum for each senator.

The breakdown of the payment pay put the Basic Salary (BS) at N2,482, 245.50; Hardship allowance (50 per cent of BS) amounts to N1,242,122; Constituency allowance (at 200 per cent of the BS) amounts to N4,968,509 and Newspapers allowance (at 50 per cent of BS) amounts to N1,242,122.70.

The monthly salary also includes; Wardrobe allowance (25 per cent of the BS) which amounts to N521,061.37; Recess allowance (10 per cent of the BS) which amounts to (N248,424.55) and Accommodation allowance (200 per cent of the BS) amounting to N4,968,509.

Others are; Utility allowance of 828,081.83 (30 per cent of BS); Domestic allowance of N1.86 million (70 per cent of BS) and Entertainment allowance of N828,082 (30 per cent of BS).

Vehicle maintenance allowance of N248,426, (75 per cent of BS); Severance Gratuity allowance of N7.5 million (300 per cent of BS) and Car allowance of N9.9 million (400 per cent of BS) were other allowances.

Adeyanju said the figures were obtained from a research conducted by the organisations, adding that if the lawmakers NASS disagreed, they should come out with their facts.

Also speaking with newsmen, Dr Pregrino Briamah, a co-convener of the protest called for 90 per cent downward review of the lawmakers’ salaries and allowances as well as an immediate termination of constituency project allowance.

Briamah said that the CSOs would not wait for the downward review by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) who he said lacked the credibility to do it.

He said a copy of their letters was already sent to President Buhari.

“We demand that the presidency should commence an immediate termination and investigation of the Directors of RMAFC or a total and radical overhaul of the agency. We also demand that there should be 100 per cent transparency and oversight. Every kobo that is budgeted for or spent by the National Assembly must be subjected to federal approval and review and declared openly to the public,” Briamah said.

He said that the country needed a unicameral and not bicameral legislation.

Addressing the protesters, a Sergeant-at-Arm and Assistant Director of Administration, National Assembly, Mr Denis Maji, commended their peaceful protest saying that the National Assembly would look into their request.

He said it was the NASS principal officers that were supposed to listen to such complaints but that the NASS was yet to elect them as they were just resuming sitting.

“Right now, since there are no committee or principal officers, we will collect your letter and make it available to them and it will be given due attention,” Maji said. (NAN)

•Photo shows the Senate in session.


Source News Express

Posted 25/06/2015 05:28:14 AM


Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+




You may also like...
Imo attracts N1bn from CBN to support MSMEs...

Lagos governorship race: Osinbajo endorses Sanwo-Olu?

5 most wanted criminals renounce crime in Anambra...

Militants storm Akwa Ibom Government House

State of the Nation: Osinbajo, Governors in marathon...

Reps move to probe all recovered Abacha loot...

6 ways your child can benefit from early...

3 female suicide bombers meet waterloo; 2 kidnappers...

Jonathan yet to fully recover from sickness

Breaking News: Mutiny in Maiduguri, Nigerian soldiers ‘fire...

Northern Elders back Arewa youths, say Igbos must...

Jimoh Ibrahim breaks bank for Newswatch


Latest News Lecturer kidnapped in Anambra market Woman gives birth in kidnappers’ custody If I were Nigerian, I would vote for Atiku Abubakar: Ex-Ugandan VP PDP introduced vote-buying in Nigeria: Sen. Ndume Buhari’s ‘Next Level’ logo and allegations of plagiarism, By Fredrick Nwabufo Atiku will unseat Buhari in 2019 — Williams How Obama influenced Nigeria’s 2015 election, Jonathan reveals in new book We are starving, degraded, IDPs complain Gunmen kidnap Plateau traditional ruler BUK Alumni urges northern elite to tackle ills affecting the region Princewill condemns assassination attempt on Tonye Cole, tasks international community Minister pays condolence visits to families of deceased Kwara APC members


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (422,651 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (390,751 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (323,838 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (272,506 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (244,794 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (227,802 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (209,566 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (191,124 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (176,465 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (168,895 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (165,466 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (152,304 views)


Zenith Zero Balance First Bank chat banking


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (74) Business & Economy (3,801) Business Verdict (54) Columnists (964) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (208) Entertainment (568) Features (670) Global Business Monitor (311) International (2,706) Interview (167) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (146) Maggie's Blog (38) News (40,692) Opinion (1,145) Pidgin (13) Politics (7,811) Religion (903) Sports (1,780) Stock Watch (35) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update





APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera