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|Buhari May Force Pay Cut On Nass-the Sun by HungerBAD: 2:11am On Aug 24, 2015|
PERHAPS, in response to the yearnings of Nigerians to reduce the allowances of National Assembly members, the Presidency has summoned the leadership of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) on the matter
Daily Sun gathered yesterday that President Muhammadu Buhari would soon meet with the Fidelis Mbah-led leadership of the RMAFC to ascertain the correct allowances due federal lawmakers.
A National Assembly source, who declined to be named, said the President has asked for “the official details of allowances and salaries collected by Senators and Representatives…
“The current economic realities in the country can no longer support bogus allowances…” without giving further explanations.
Meanwhile, plans by the Senate to initiate a pay cut for members may have reached a dead end even before the debate on the matter takes off .
A ranking Senator said recommendations of its Senate Adhoc Committee on Finance may be mere paperwork as there are legal hurdles to scale before it can be implemented.
“The National Assembly, being a bi-cameral legislature, needs to consult with the House of Representatives…It’s impossible for the Senate to cut allowances without the House of Representatives doing same…”
He said very soon, leaderships of both houses would meet to deliberate on the matter. Besides, he reiterated that there are also legal hurdles, to scale before any pay cut could be done in the National Assembly.
“Right now, there’s no legal basis to cut Senators’ allowances…for instance, I have no right to cut the salary of a Senator.
“Each Senator can only take the decision to take a pay cut… This session runs between 2015 to 2019 and after that, when a new Senator comes in, if he wants to cut his salary and allowances, he can do that; the Senate cannot decide for him.”
Speaking on the only legal route on the matter, he said, “it is now left to the RMAFC to decide on a realistic cut and propose it as a law to the National Assembly.”
He summed up the proposed recommendations of the pay cut as “illegal…it should be voluntary and individually done…”
Two weeks ago, before going on a six-week summer recess, Senate suspended till further notice, consideration of the report of the Senator James Manager Ad-hoc Finance Committee following a sharp disagreement among members over the reduction recommended by the panel.
Deliberating behind closed doors for over two hours, Senators resolved to reject reduction of salaries and allowances on the premise that since other beneficiaries of the N120 billion National Assembly’s annual budget would not follow suit, it was an unnecessary move.
Senator Matthew Urhoghide said after the closed-door session, many Senators agreed that funny allowances like the monthly N42, 000 wardrobe allowance should be cancelled.
He reasoned that substantive statutory emoluments should be sustained amid increasing financial requests from constituents and other Nigerians daily.
The Senator Manager Committee, recommended publication of all payments accruable to each member on a quarterly basis.
At a session with newsmen, Senate spokesman, Dino Melaye, said further action on the report was put on hold because Senate budget was an integral part of the National Assembly budget being jointly shared by seven bodies.
Last month, Senate Leader Ali Ndume explained in an interview how “the N120 billion National Assembly annual budget is shared among units including 13 commissioners in the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC), the management arm of the National Assembly which has 3, 208 members and their salaries, allowances that are due to them are included, the management of the NASC itself has about 340 staff with their salaries, allowances and all.
“We also have 3,024 legislative aides, their salaries and their allowances are included. The National Institute of Legislative Studies (NILS), with its own board of 115 staff as at now, and the staff of the Public Accounts Committee and we also have 54 standing committees and you all know how we meet.
“If we are travelling, it is the committee that meets; all the money they spent, is coming from that N120 billion and the House of Representatives has about 91 committees.
“Yet, people would just sit down, take N120 billion and divide it by 109 Senators and 360 members of the House of Representatives to get the number. It is very unfair. But, then, what this committee is doing, the Ad-hoc committee is to slash our budget from N150 billion to N120 billion which involves all the afore-mentioned staff. Now, the committee would have to look at where and how do we cut,” he said.
|Re: Buhari May Force Pay Cut On Nass-the Sun by FreeGlobe(f): 2:13am On Aug 24, 2015|
|Re: Buhari May Force Pay Cut On Nass-the Sun by Firefire(m): 2:17am On Aug 24, 2015|
I laugh in Swahili.
How is this possible in the 21st Century without the mutual understanding of the legislators ?
Buhari is taking the right approach: using the 'Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission' (RMAFC)
Btw: Majority of the Senators are former governors who embezzled their states allocation. (They should be probe)
|Re: Buhari May Force Pay Cut On Nass-the Sun by pyyxxaro: 2:33am On Aug 24, 2015|
It's all about the Benjamins
|Re: Buhari May Force Pay Cut On Nass-the Sun by sampaiolukap(m): 2:38am On Aug 24, 2015|
Make Una no Push PMB pass hin Boundary ooo Or Else, those people at the Upper Chamber will Just Canvass 72 Senators For Him to go..
The Parliament is the Strongest Body in a Democratic Setting and No one try poo with them.
|Re: Buhari May Force Pay Cut On Nass-the Sun by prof17(m): 2:44am On Aug 24, 2015|
Just to read comments!
|Re: Buhari May Force Pay Cut On Nass-the Sun by blackfase(m): 4:30am On Aug 24, 2015|
....and they dare not try it. Thats when they will feel d real urge of nigerians for change. That ther chambers will b too hot for them to sit & do anything. D violent rage thats been welling up in nigerians will b let loose, trust me
|Re: Buhari May Force Pay Cut On Nass-the Sun by omowolewa: 6:12am On Aug 24, 2015|
Thatz the best way to go.
They were elected to serve and not to Lord.
|Re: Buhari May Force Pay Cut On Nass-the Sun by tos4u(m): 6:15am On Aug 24, 2015|
This buhati is becoming a force to reckon with, i just love this man more every day
|Re: Buhari May Force Pay Cut On Nass-the Sun by queenzibah(f): 6:21am On Aug 24, 2015|
blackfase:which nigerians? U think if we see anytin to push out dullard we won't support? Dey deceive. Urself na
|Re: Buhari May Force Pay Cut On Nass-the Sun by Bluetooth2: 6:54am On Aug 24, 2015|
Daily Sun gathered yester day that President Muhammadu Buhari would soon meet with the Fidelis Mbah-led leadership of the RMAFC to ascertain the correct allowances due federal lawmakers.
How does ascertaining the correct allowance due to the lawmakers translate to the president forcing a pay cut on them ? Sun newspaper is owned by Orji Uzor kalu; a PDP stalwart and this propaganda only aims to project Buhari as a dictator.
There's absolutely nothing to wail about here except for those who see nothing in the doling out of billions of naira to these shameless lawmakers despite the economic condition of Nigeria but will be quick to cast aspersion on the president who wants to set the record straight.
|Re: Buhari May Force Pay Cut On Nass-the Sun by kosovo(m): 6:59am On Aug 24, 2015|
When an old man is tired of leadership and looking for an escape route, he undermines the legislative arm so he can be impeached..
I see PMB lamenting daily because his cluelessness is worse than that of GEJ.
Government of propaganda, by propaganda, for propaganda! #OneChance
|Re: Buhari May Force Pay Cut On Nass-the Sun by Armaggedon: 8:12am On Aug 24, 2015|
Bluetooth2:you are wrong. Buhari's media aid is the immediate past sun editor that is why you see silly apc propaganda headlines on DAILYSUN lately.
|Re: Buhari May Force Pay Cut On Nass-the Sun by bonechamberlain(m): 8:30am On Aug 24, 2015|
hmmm, it seems buhari doesn't know the kind of hawks and vultures in nass. he better be careful lest the devour him.
|Re: Buhari May Force Pay Cut On Nass-the Sun by owobokiri(m): 8:35am On Aug 24, 2015|
All I know is that they don't deserve l/l00 of what they get
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