A Senator earns N12,766,320 yearly, the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has said. Legislators’ pay has been the subject of a big controversy, with some critics alleging that a senator earns as much as N29.8 million yearly. This, said the RMAFC in a newspaper advertorial yesterday, is not correct. In a statement signed by the Acting Secretary to the Commission, Usman I. Garndawa, the RMAFC said: “The attention of the RMAFC has been drawn to an avalanche of media reports concerning the current remuneration package for political, public and Judicial office holders in Nigeria. The said reports further quoted RMAFC as the source of their information. Accordingly, the Commission, therefore, considers it most appropriate and necessary to provide the actual details of present remuneration package for political, public and judicial office holders to avoid misinformation and misrepresentation of facts capable of misleading citizens and members of the international community.”
In a recent study, the United Kingdom (UK) based Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, IPSA and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as reported by The Economist , a Nigerian legislator, it was alleged, earns a basic salary ( excluding allowances) of about N29.8 million per annum. The report also suggested that the salary is 116 times more than the country’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP, per person, which has been pegged at about N251, 200. Expectedly, the report generated local and international uproar with civil society organisations calling for an immediate review of the ‘jumbo package”.
The RMAFC said a senator earns N2,026,400.00 as annual basic salary, which translates to N168, 866.70 per month. According to the RMAFC, this has been the official remuneration package since February 2007 till date. However, there are other regular allowances which have been calculated as: Motor Vehicle Fuelling and Maintenance, N1,519,800.00; personal assistant N506,600.00, Domestic Staff N1,519,800.00; Entertainment N607,920.00;Utilities N607,920.00; Newspapers/Periodicals N303,960.00, Wardrobe N506,600.00; House Maintenance N101,320.00 and Constituency allowance N5,066,000.00 making a total of N12,766,320.00 as the salary per annum for a Senator. The breakdown monthly– basic salary and allowances – a senator takes home N1.063.860.00 monthly.
Other allowances, which are paid annually or once in four years and when applicable, are: Accommodation N4, 052,800.00, which is paid annually; furniture allowance N6, 079,200.00 which is paid once in four years. Also, there is Duty Tour Allowance, DTA (per night), which is N37,000. Estacode (per night) is $950. Recess allowance is N202,640.00 and severance gratuity, paid after a successful completion of tenure, is N6,079,200.00. A Senator could also apply for a car loan of N8, 105,600.00 which must be repaid before the expiration of his tenure.
A member of the House of Representatives earns slightly lower than a Senator, with a basic yearly salary of N1,985,212.50, divided into a monthly salary of N165,434.40. However, the total salary, including the regular allowances, is N9, 529,038.06. This is outside the other allowances, which include: Accommodation N3,970,425.00; Furniture N5,955,637.50; DTA N35,000; Estacode $900; Recess N198,521.25 and Severance Gratuity N5,955,637.50. A Representative can also apply for a car loan of N7,940,850.00