House okays N38.8bn jumbo allowance for members

Date: 18-03-2012 7:33 am (10 years ago) | Author: Paddy Hayes
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Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal
 


•Each Rep now on N27m per quarter
 

The quarterly allowance of members of the House of Representatives has hit the N27million mark.
It used to be N15million per Representative
This translates to an 80% increase and an additional N9.720billion strain on public purse every quarter or N38.88billion per year.
The House leadership had been under severe pressure from members to review the allowance meant for running their oversight functions.
The leadership was said to have succumbed to the pressure with a view to insulating members from temptation from the Ministries, Departments and Agencies(MDAs) in the course of performing their oversight functions.
The quarterly allowance is just one of the several enjoyed by the Reps and Senators.
Other benefits and allowances, as approved by the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) are salaries, vehicle maintenance and fuelling, Personal Assistant, house maintenance, entertainment, utilities, constituency allowance, hardship allowance, vehicle loan, duty tour and estacode (where applicable).
Only last year, the House requested Camry cars for the oversight functions of its 360 members costing a total of N2.5billion.
The increase in the quarterly allowance of the Reps is bound to raise questions following the recent decision by President Goodluck Jonathan to cut the emolument of public officers.
It was gathered that the Reps launched their bid for the secret increase in the aftermath of the belt tightening measures put in place by the Speaker of the House Aminu Tambuwal.
At an executive session last month the Reps had queried why their predecessors in the sixth National Assembly earned N42 million per quarter as against the N15million they were receiving.
Some of them were also alleged to have asked the Speaker why Senators are on about N45 million quarterly allowance.
They said they could not understand what was described as “the yawning gap” between House quarterly allowance and Senate’s.
A reliable source said: “Members actually wanted a reversion to the old rate of N42 million per quarter but Tambuwal rejected the move in view of the financial challenges facing the House.
“The Speaker also claimed that the leadership would prefer a low rate allowance in line with its ongoing reforms.
“After a stormy session, the House leadership sensed that a revolt was in the offing and it had to go back to the drawing board.
“After consultations, Tambuwal announced an increase of N12million in the quarterly allowance of members. So, they will now earn N27million per quarter.
“If Tambuwal had not increased the quarterly allowance, I doubt if he would still be in office by now.
“Also, the House leadership decided to bow to members’ demand to insulate them from being influenced by MDAs during oversight functions. We do not want members to function at the mercy of MDAs, we felt we should avoid recourse to bribery.
It was however gathered that the increase was effected secretly to avoid backlash from the public.
“We did not make noise about the increase because of perception. Our quarterly allowance is short of what the Sixth House of Representatives got but before you know it, we will be the butt of attack.
“Nigerians do not pay attention to the allowances of the Executive and the Judiciary. Out of the N4.8billion budget passed on Thursday, the National Assembly’s share is about N150 to N200billion. What fraction of the budget is that? Yet, we are always the sacrificial lambs,” the source added.
Investigation showed that the payment of the additional N12million quarterly allowance was effected last week by the House leadership.
A member of the House said: “Yes, we have started receiving the increase, it is left to us to use it judiciously because we have a busy calendar.”
It could not be ascertained at press time whether the House leadership put the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) into confidence on the increase in the allowances.
Section 32 of Part 1 of the Third Schedule to the 1999 constitution empowers only the RMAFC to either enhance or cut salaries of political office holders, legislators and the judiciary.
The section reads: “The Commission shall have power to (a) monitor the accruals to and disbursement of revenue from the Federation Account; (b) review from time to time, the revenue allocation formulae and principles in operation to ensure conformity with changing realities…
“(d) Determine the remuneration appropriate for political office holders, including the President, Vice-President, Governors, Deputy Governors, Ministers, Commissioners, Special Advisers, legislators and the holders of the offices mentioned in sections 84 and 124 of this Constitution.”
But the Executive arm was said to have got wind of the secret increase in spite of the directive of President Goodluck Jonathan to effect 25 per cent pay cut.
A presidency source said: “The Executive has got wind of the increase but the truth is that it will not guarantee any loan to pay any allowance. And any chamber that overshoots its budget will be on its own.
“It is also left to RMAFC to join issue with the House on the appropriateness.”
Jonathan had, in January, announced the pay cut in the salaries of political office holders.
Another member of the House said: “We are not political office holders; we are elected members of the National Assembly. So, Jonathan’s directive is not binding on us, it applies to only the Executive.
“During the administration of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua, he announced a similar pay cut but the Judiciary wrote to RMAFC to be exempted from the exercise. The directive did not affect the Judiciary accordingly.
“The quarterly allowance is a statutory benefit of members of the National Assembly because it is within our budget plans. It is not as if any lawmaker is stealing money.”
 

via The Nation




Posted: at 18-03-2012 07:33 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- summy4ever at 18-03-2012 10:19 AM (10 years ago)
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Cabalocracy! Govt of the cabal, for the cabal and by the cabal.  Cry  the rich will be getting richer and the poor getting poorer
Posted: at 18-03-2012 10:19 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- osupia at 18-03-2012 12:47 PM (10 years ago)
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they use grammar dey steal the money, which one be elected not political officials.......................i no fit laugh again   Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
Posted: at 18-03-2012 12:47 PM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- malvin2525 at 18-03-2012 01:16 PM (10 years ago)
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 Angry
Posted: at 18-03-2012 01:16 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Senegal at 18-03-2012 01:40 PM (10 years ago)
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Yet they can't pay workers ordinary 18000 NGN minimum wage Huh?
Posted: at 18-03-2012 01:40 PM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- nablegalaxy at 18-03-2012 01:52 PM (10 years ago)
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Our money don finish! "Ghana must go'' dey fly abroad every day.
Posted: at 18-03-2012 01:52 PM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- proly at 18-03-2012 02:11 PM (10 years ago)
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ooooops
Posted: at 18-03-2012 02:11 PM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- potsofgold at 18-03-2012 02:54 PM (10 years ago)
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they actually know that there is no mercy for their souls, so let them eat cos they all belong to hell & they all know Cheesy... i'm not bothered anyway.
Posted: at 18-03-2012 02:54 PM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- aliaaz at 18-03-2012 04:43 PM (10 years ago)
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hissin

Posted: at 18-03-2012 04:43 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- mokoribe at 18-03-2012 04:56 PM (10 years ago)
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I ok it too. They wuld have add more cos is not easy to set down and talk about d probm of dis nigeria.
Posted: at 18-03-2012 04:56 PM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- purityjustice at 18-03-2012 04:57 PM (10 years ago)
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i feel lyk  Cry Cry Cry Cry for 9j but i won't
Posted: at 18-03-2012 04:57 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- EMMANUELLA01 at 18-03-2012 04:59 PM (10 years ago)
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Quote from: mokoribe on 18-03-2012 04:56 PM
I ok it too. They wuld have add more cos is not easy to set down and talk about d probm of dis nigeria.
  Cheesy Yeh yeh. u know no say Nigeria problem BIgg so they need big allowance to settle multiple and compounding problem.

Shegeeeeeeeeeeeee/
Posted: at 18-03-2012 04:59 PM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- ajims at 18-03-2012 05:43 PM (10 years ago)
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ole ajibole ole, all dis awa leaders wey be say na selfishnes dey wori dem, mek thunder fire dem all......
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- mokoribe at 18-03-2012 05:49 PM (10 years ago)
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Quote from: EMMANUELLA01 on 18-03-2012 04:59 PM
  Cheesy Yeh yeh. u know no say Nigeria problem BIgg so they need big allowance to settle multiple and compounding problem.

Shegeeeeeeeeeeeee/
. Yes my man u r correct. They will eat dis nigeria moni until it will start growin lik palmtree in there belly and head so dat whn u c any of them u wil also c nigeria moni on there head.
Posted: at 18-03-2012 05:49 PM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- kris9ice2u at 18-03-2012 07:41 PM (10 years ago)
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my broda wetin go make man carry drug or do 419 to survive d standard of livin in naija? na bcos of d gap wey dey between rich n poor 4 d country......if u r poor in naija ...hmmm u are like someone livin with HIV....d masses just dey hear say naija get money but dem no dey c am or feel am....naija money issue don tire me Cry Cry Cry
Posted: at 18-03-2012 07:41 PM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- EMMYBOSS at 18-03-2012 07:59 PM (10 years ago)
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AM NOT WORRIED ABT THEM ANY MORE.  I HAVE DETERMINE TO TRIUMPH IN LIFE.
Posted: at 18-03-2012 07:59 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- interpo77 at 18-03-2012 08:01 PM (10 years ago)
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IT IS NOT AS IF THE LAW MAKERS RE STEALING MONEY ,WE RE RECIEVING THE INCREAMENT ACCORDING TO LAW,
     THIS IS PURE WICKEDNESS AND HATRED TO THE NATION U WHERE VOTED TO SERVE,THE BULLS AND DOGS , CABALS IN  NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT, THE ORDINARY PUBLIC MUST NOT EXPECT ANY POSITIVE CHANGE IN NIGERIA,WHY MUST THEY KILL THEMSELVES TRYING TO WIN A POST IN GOVERNMENT, CRYING FOR NIGERIA
Posted: at 18-03-2012 08:01 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- deboalabi262 at 18-03-2012 08:11 PM (10 years ago)
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Corruption and embezzelment dey reign for Naija uninterrupted....

Posted: at 18-03-2012 08:11 PM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- zoe61 at 18-03-2012 09:30 PM (10 years ago)
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Theives they will soon milk the resources dry
Posted: at 18-03-2012 09:30 PM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- JBoyEscalante at 18-03-2012 09:37 PM (10 years ago)
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Rubbish in high places. Yet their govt want me to sacrifice for oil! Madness  Angry
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