WHAT OUR THIEVING LEGISLOOTERS STEAL AS SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES
We wish to warn the RMAFC Chairman, Mr. Elias Mbam of his plan to increase the salaries and allowances of Nigeria’s thieving legislators.
We have been monitoring his statements over the past days and it seems he is bent on his devilish agenda, when millions of Nigerians wallow in abject poverty and deprivation and states governments cannot even pay the N18, 000 minimum salaries.
WE WOULD BE FORCED TO PLACE A FATWA ON THE CHAIRMAN OF RMAFC ELIAS MBAM, the commission responsible for setting allowances and salaries for public servants, if he does not review downwards the salaries and allowances of these thieving lawmakers with immediate effect.
NIGERIANS, TAKE A LOOK AT THIS;
• 469 Federal Lawmakers Gulp N339bn in 4 Years
• Actual Salary (On Pay Slip) Only N18.245bn
• N45m per Senator per Quarter (N720m In 4 Years)
• N42m per House Member per Quarter (N672m In 4 Years)
• N4, 881,394,960 to Maintain 109 Senators
• N13, 364,450,550 to Maintain 360 House Members
This is so because the rest of what is normally marked as, “jumbo pay” will surface really in form of quarterly allowances the two chambers approved for themselves and called “running cost quarterly allowances.”
The breakdown is: N42 million for every member of the (lower) House, amounting to N168 million per annum, or N672 million in four years.
Similarly, the very “distinguished senator” will go home with N720 million in four years (N45m per quarter, or N180m per annum).
However, what will reflect on the pay slips of the lawmakers would be the statutory salary, which will come to a meagre N18.245 billion for the two chambers in four years.
Of these statutory figures, N4, 881,394,960 will be spent on the 109 senators while the remaining N13, 364,450,550 will be spent to maintain the 360 members of the House of Representatives.
Meanwhile, the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) — the legal body that has responsibility to fix this salary — has since July 2009 worked it out the salary thus:
According to the law the legislators have endorsed, a senator earns an annual emolument of N8, 206,920 while a member of the House of Representatives takes home N6, 352, 680.
Therefore, the cumulative emolument of a senator for four years amounts to N32, 827,680. In addition, each of the 109 senators will pocket another N11,145,200 in allowances described by the RMAFC as non-regular and can be collected one-off at the beginning of the tenure.
The total emolument for a year includes the basic salary, which stands at N2, 026,400 for a senator and N1, 985,212 for a House member and some regular allowances for vehicle maintenance, fuelling, house maintenance, domestic staff, entertainment, utilities, constituency, newspapers and periodicals.
The non-regular allowances for each senator include accommodation (N3, 039,600), furniture allowance (N3, 039,600) and vehicle loan (N5, 066,000).
In addition, each senator is entitled to an annual leave allowance of N202, 640 or N810, 560 in four years.
In this connection, it will be N44, 783,440 to take care of a senator in the next four good years or just N4, 881,394,960 to take care of Nigeria’s 109 senators.
In the House of Representatives, a member will earn N25, 410,720 in four years, in addition to non-regular allowances totalling N10, 918,668.75 plus four years’ leave grant of N794, 085.
This translates into each House member earning N37, 123,473.75 in the next four years, as each is entitled to N6, 352,680 in yearly emolument.
Non-regular allowances of the House members include accommodation N2, 977,818.75; furniture (N2, 977, 818.75) and vehicle allowance of N4, 693,031.25. At the rate of N198, 521.25 per annum, the leave allowance for each member in four years will be N794, 085.
Taken together, a member of the House is expected to earn N37, 123,473.75. So, the 360 members will earn N13, 364,450,550 from the national treasury in the next four years.
In the interim, after a successful four years, there awaits the “hard-working” 469 lawmakers what they call “severance allowance”.
In this regard, each ‘distinguished senator’ will go back home with 300 per cent of his annual basic salary. Severance benefit. The same applies to each House member.
Consequently, the President of the Senate will take away N7, 452,727.50; the Deputy Senate President N6, 927,500.25 and other senators N6, 079,200 each, respectively.
In the House, the RMAFC approves N7, 431,330 for the Speaker; N6, 861,102.75 for the Deputy Speaker and N5,955,637,50 each for other members.
The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi had last year declared that lawmakers consume 25 per cent of Nigeria’s overhead budget and Professor Itse Sagay (SAN), a constitutional lawyer also said that lawmakers were receiving scandalous wages and allowances, especially legislators, serving ministers, public appointees, among others – a development, he argued, was for a cause for concern.
It was very regrettable, especially when you compare their pay with the state of the Nigerian economy, the living standards of those they represent, life expectancy in Nigeria, the per capita income and the salaries paid to the Nigerian workers, Nigerian professors etc. It is even more unfortunate when you recall that the United States President, Barack Obama’s salary is $400,000 per annum, while a Nigerian senator collects N48million per quarter, $1.7m per annum, and each member of the House of Representatives receives $1.2million per annum.
We are not surprised over the revelation by the CBN governor that the National Assembly alone consumes 25 per cent of the country’s annual overhead cost. Statistics show that Federal legislators in Nigeria are among the highest paid in the world, despite the fact that the country is among the poorest in terms of per capita income, security, social provision and living standards.
If we take into consideration the fact that 1,152 members of the state legislators earn a minimum of N50billion a year (N5.1 billion in salaries, and N35.9 billion in allowances); 8, 692 members of the local legislatures in the 774 local government areas in Nigeria earn N342.9 billion a year (N25. 9 billion in salaries, and N 317 billion in allowances), and less than 500 federal legislators earn N60. 4 billion a year (N 6.2 billion in salaries, and N 54.2 billion in allowances), we can see that just 10, 308 Nigerians (legislators at the three tiers of government) earn a total of N 453.3 billion, which is an average of N43,975, 553 a year!
Think of what three billion US dollars, invested annually in infrastructural development can achieve for our nation! They keep feeding us with information such as we need $100 billion to generate 40, 000 mega watts of electricity, just to show us that government is impotent as far as generating electricity is concerned.
But this translates to just $1 billion for 400 megawatts, or 1,200 mega watts generated with three billion US dollars. If we, through the RMAFC, could peel off just $3 billion from the more than $7 billion that our public officials earn (that is, less than 50 percent off their individual salaries and allowances), we could generate at least 4,800 megawatts of electricity in four years with no external funding! Nigerians, this must be our rallying point!
“Now is the hour! In fact, we would not advise more than 20 times the national minimum wage as sitting allowances/salaries for a legislator, while their transport and accommodation expenses should be paid only when they are sitting, and nothing more.”
This piece is taken from the website of the Boko Haram.