According to the estimates by the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Omission, lawmakers’ allowances include accommodation, vehicle loan, furniture and severance gratuity, which are due once in four years. It should be noted that accommodation allowance is paid yearly while furniture, severance and car loan are paid once in four years, the commission said. Annual allowances are motor vehicle fueling and maintenance, constituency, domestic staff, a personal assistant, entertainment, recess, utilities, newspapers/periodicals, house maintenance and wardrobe.
Each of the 109 senators earns a bit higher, pocketing N19.66 million each a year with N1.01 million a year for his or her domestic staff, while each member of the House of Representatives collects a million for the same purpose.
Each lawmaker gets N202, 640 as Newspapers/Periodicals allowance per annum.
Based on the approved pay schedule, N1.4 billion is spent on the 469 lawmakers as furniture allowance annually, while their car loan stands at N2.34 billion per annum.
These figures taken together, the 360 members of the House of Representatives gulp N6.58 billion from the nation’s treasury in annual salaries and allowances, while the 109 Senators cost the nation N2.14 billion in similar emoluments.
Cumulatively, the country shells out a hefty N8.72 billion every year in salaries and allowances to lawmakers in the two chambers of the National Assembly.
Premium Times presented info-graphics of what these heartless lawmakers earn while Nigerians are suffering.
Here is how much Nigerian Senators and House of assembly members earn;
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