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RMAFC Publishes Salaries Of Senators,House Members and Others-FOI Bill Working by Jeboy(m): 9:32am On Aug 04, 2013
Says any other allowances received are illegal

The Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has published details of legitimate salaries and allowances of National Assembly members and ministers.
In a public notice published in today’s edition of Daily Trust, signed by the commission’s acting secretary Usman I. Garndawa, RMAFC said it was providing the details “to avoid misinformation and misrepresentation of facts” in media reports.
The figures for legislators are similar to those published by Daily Trust on July 22 with few exceptions where the figures now provided by RMAFC are higher. But the commission faulted the lumping of all salaries and allowances into yearly totals, saying some of the entitlements are “non-regular” and paid once in four years.
According to the public notice by RMAFC, lawmakers’ allowances include accommodation (Senator N4m, Rep N3.97m), vehicle loan (Senator N8m, Rep N7.94m), furniture (Senator N6m, Rep N5.956m) and severance gratuity (Senator N6.09m, Rep N5.956m), which are due once in four years.
Out of these figures, only the vehicle loan for members of the House of Representatives differs with what Daily Trust reported on July 22, which was N6.948m.
While accommodation allowance is paid yearly, furniture, severance and car loan are paid once in four years, the commission said.
Annual allowances are motor vehicle fuelling and maintenance (Senator N1.52m, Rep N1.489m), constituency (Senator N5m, Rep N1.985m), domestic staff (Senator N1.519m, Rep N1.488m), personal assistant (Senator N506,600; Rep N496,303), entertainment (Senator N607,920, Rep N595,563), recess (Senator N202,640; Rep N198,521), utilities (Senator N607,920; Rep N397,042), newspaper/periodicals (Senator N303,960; Rep N297,781), house maintenance (Senator N101,320; Rep N99,260) and wardrobe (Senator N506,600; Rep N496,303).
Here, the difference with Daily Trust’s report is on member’s vehicle fuelling and maintenance (reported as N595,563), member’s constituency (reported as N1.687m), senator’s and member’s entertainment (reported as Senator N202,640, Rep N198,521) as well as wardrobe (reported as Senator N405,280; Rep N397,402). The Daily Trust’s July 22 report was quoting RMAFC’s documents dated February 2007.
Apart from recess allowance, these are paid in monthly installments, RMAFC said.
Other allowances are estacode (Senator $950, Rep $900) and duty tour allowance (Senator N37,000; Rep N35,000) payable “when applicable.” These figures are also higher than what Daily Trust reported on July 22.
Explaining the modalities of paying the salaries and allowances, RMAFC said: “Regular allowances are paid regularly with basic salaries while non-regular allowances are paid as at when due. For instance, furniture allowance and severance gratuity are paid once in every tenure and vehicle allowance which is optional is a loan which the beneficiary has to pay before the end of tenure. It is therefore wrong and misleading to add up allowances irrespective of whether they are regular, refundable or non-regular as the regular annual emoluments of political public office holders.”
But RMAFC warned that any other allowances received by the affected officials are illegal and the chief accounting officer should be held responsible.
“The commission also wishes to use this opportunity to state that any other allowance(s) enjoyed by any political, public office holders outside those provided in the Remuneration Act of 2008 is not known to the commission and the chief accounting officer should be held accountable,” RMAFC’s notice added.
The salaries and allowances for ministers and ministers of state now published by RMAFC are also similar to those contained in Daily Trust’s July 25 edition.
(For full details, see page 16 of Abuja edition and page 14 of Kano/Maiduguri edition)


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Re: RMAFC Publishes Salaries Of Senators,House Members and Others-FOI Bill Working by Jeboy(m): 9:38am On Aug 04, 2013
With this information at our reach do we think Politicians are overpaid? Let the real Nigerians speak constructively with valid points.
Re: RMAFC Publishes Salaries Of Senators,House Members and Others-FOI Bill Working by Jeboy(m): 11:50am On Aug 04, 2013
How can we get the Chief Accounting Officer to publish what every Politician earns so we can trace any disparity?
Re: RMAFC Publishes Salaries Of Senators,House Members and Others-FOI Bill Working by nig2change: 12:08pm On Aug 04, 2013
@OP. Thanks for the information. Even at that it is still too high for bunch of bench warmers. Expecially the house of Reps.
Re: RMAFC Publishes Salaries Of Senators,House Members and Others-FOI Bill Working by cecegorz(m): 12:12pm On Aug 04, 2013
May be they should have tabulated the figures for easy analysis.
Meanwhile I support Pat Utomi's call for part-time parliamentary system. Let people go to their personal jobs, then come in at scheduled dates, discuss the business of the day, collect sitting allowance and go.
Then, let us see the real Patriots.
Re: RMAFC Publishes Salaries Of Senators,House Members and Others-FOI Bill Working by Jeboy(m): 1:06pm On Aug 04, 2013
@ cecegorz

I have the tabulated form in hard copy (Daily Trust newspaper). I will see if I can get the soft copy so I can post here
Re: RMAFC Publishes Salaries Of Senators,House Members and Others-FOI Bill Working by Nobody: 1:30pm On Aug 04, 2013
I still maintain that lawmakers should be paid a fixed amount PER SITTING.

You can't keep paying people for doing nothing.
Re: RMAFC Publishes Salaries Of Senators,House Members and Others-FOI Bill Working by Jeboy(m): 1:37pm On Aug 04, 2013
@HNosegbe

Going by the fact that their commitment is required, do u think payment per sitting will work? Wont it amount to turning National assignment to casual work? Then would you say same if you become a Senator tommorrow?

Finally are we all saying other public officers deserve their pay except lawmakers i.e Senators and Fed House Members?
Re: RMAFC Publishes Salaries Of Senators,House Members and Others-FOI Bill Working by Nobody: 2:23pm On Aug 04, 2013
Jeboy: @HNosegbe

Going by the fact that their commitment is required, do u think payment per sitting will work? Wont it amount to turning National assignment to casual work?

Lawmaking is not a full-time job. Never has been, never will be.

I'm not sure what you mean by "casual work" but I can tell you that the reason why Nigerian politics is dominated by touts and layabouts with nothing to offer is that it has been turned into an avenue to line one's pockets without any sweat.

We need to remove the financial incentive for those who aren't serious about development and begin to make it easier for those who are genuinely interested in delivering the goods to get there. This is ONE way to do it.

Then would you say same if you become a Senator tommorrow?

I believe I answered this question with my earlier submission. If we make such offices less attractive, we should begin to get more focused, passionate individuals in the hallowed chambers.

Finally are we all saying other public officers deserve their pay except lawmakers i.e Senators and Fed House Members?

No... But we need to make a clear distinction because like I said, the legislature is the one arm of government whose members don't work full-time.

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