The recent revelation by Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna central senatorial district that senators receive N13.5m monthly allowance has turned the spotlight on the salary structure of Nigerian lawmakers. The revelation as confirmed by the senate is not actually a secrete but has been so for a long time.
This article is a comprehensive insight on salary and allowances of Nigerian lawmakers.
The figures listed here is the true report from the National Institute of Legislative Studies released for public consumption and shows how much a Nigerian law maker earns (the 109 Senators and 360 members of the Nigerian House of Representatives).
A Breakdown of Nigerian Senator Salary Structure
Nigerian Senator annual basic salary – N2,026,400,00
Nigerian House of Representatives annual basic salary – N1,985,212, 50
Nigerian Senator – N12, 902, 360.00annually
House of Representatives member – N9,525,985.50 annually.
The allowances are on: Vehicle fueling/maintenance, Constituency, Domestic Staff, Personal Assistant, Entertainment, Recess, Utilities, Newspaper/Periodicals, Houses Maintenance, Wardrobe, Estacode, and Duty Tour with another special amount in every four-year period on Accommodation, vehicle loan, furniture, and severance allowance, which make every Senator to pocket N24,090,000.00 and a House of Representatives member with N23,822,00.00 within the same period.
When you compare this with how much other country’s law makers, you will see the difference
Philippines annual basic salary – $4, 497,957
United States of America senate – $3,409,422
US House of Representatives – $1,429,909 annually
Kenya – $968,013 annually
Australia – $646,230
United Kingdom – £494,285.43
India – $474,484
Singapore – $253,469,
Tanzania – $230,961.
Considering the hash economic realities in Nigeria today spending this much on lawmakers is outrageous and we hope something urgent is done about it so the government can cut cost and use the money to invest in other viable sectors.