Nigeria: Lawmakers to Get “Just” N506, 600 Wardrobe Allowance

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Yesterday, Nigerians woke to a news that went viral, causing no small stir. The Nigerian lawmakers were to receive about N9 billion as wardrobe allowance. To say that people were upset will be putting it very mildly.In an attempt to correct the wrong assumption, Engr. Elias Mbam, Chairman of Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission has come out to say that the correct amount is N506, 600.

Whether this explanation is good enough will be left until a full review of all the sundry allowances accruing to the law makers are reviewed. The correction going round is merely to correct the exact amount allocated as wardrobe allowance. It has in no way said that the sum mentioned before would not be shred amongst the lawmakers. Here is a break down of some of the allowances the lawmakers will be getting.

Housing Allowance
Each Senator will be paid N4,052,800 annually as housing allowance. This translates to N16,211,200.00 per Senator for their four year tenure multiplied by 107 Senators.

Each member of the house of representatives will be paid N3 970,425 annually as housing allowing. This will amount to N15,881,700.00 for their four year tenure multiplied by 358 Representatives.

The Senate President, Deputy Senate President, Speaker of the house and Deputy Speaker are excluded from this as their accommodation will be provided by the government.

Furniture Allowance
Each Senator will be paid N6, 079,200 as furniture allowance. This is paid once in tenure. Multiply this by the 107 Senators.

Each member of the house of representatives will get N5, 955,637.50 as furniture allowance. Multiply this by 358.

As with the housing allowance, the Senate President, Deputy Senate President, Speaker of the house and Deputy Speaker are excluded from this as their furniture will be provided by the government.

Vehicle Allowance
Each Senator is entitled to N8, 105,600 as vehicle allowance. Once again multiply this by 107.

Each member of the house of representatives will get N7, 940,850.50 as vehicle allowance. Multiply this by 358.

These allowance do not cover all the sundry allowances that the Nigerian lawmakers receive. As things stand, the NASS alone accounts for 20 percent or more of the nations annual budget. The wardrobe allowance issue has once again raised a fundamental issue of the cost of governance. President Buhari promised to reduce the cost of governance. This is not one of those things he can do. The NASS has to be prevailed upon to drastically reduce the funds they cart away. Nigeria might be better off with part time lawmakers.

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