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Legislators’ Wardrobe: Perhaps sewing uniforms for them will help

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PIC.24.MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CLIMBING THE  NATIONAL ASSEMBLY GATE DURING A FRACAS AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IN  ABUJA ON THURSDAY (20/11/14). 5824/20/11/2014/CH/AIN/NAN
PIC.24.MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CLIMBING THE
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY GATE DURING A FRACAS AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IN
ABUJA ON THURSDAY (20/11/14).
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Senators in Nigeria and members of the Federal House of Representatives are said to earn as much as nine times their official salaries in allowances, and eight times, respectively.
Senators receive N506,600 per annum each as wardrobe allowance, but in all they collect a total of N18,642,880 as annual allowances. Each senator receives is nine times more than his annual salary.
A senator’s salary is pegged at N2,026,400 per annum. Each senator or a member of the House of Representatives is entitled to 19 different allowances – for vehicle maintenance and fuelling; domestic staff, entertainment, utilities, personal assistant, constituency, wardrobe, house maintenance, newspapers, recess, accommodation, furniture, severance, tour duty, estacode, special assistant, security, legislative aide and medical.
The President of the Senate and Deputy President of the Senate receive fewer allowances because most of their needs are fully provided for by the state. For members of the House, the annual allowances payable are about eight times higher than their annual salaries.
While the annual salary of a House member is pegged at N1,985,212.50, the annual allowances add up to N15,286,135.25. This means that the 358 members of the House (excluding the speaker and the deputy speaker) get N5,472,436,419.5 annually in allowances.
One sure way of saving taxpayers’ money would be to sew uniforms for the legislators and make them glorified secondary school students, funny as that may sound. Whatever happens, as this controversy continues to rage about them being overpaid and under-utilised, Buhari must find a way of cutting down on the cost of governance very significantly at all three levels – executive, legislative and judiciary, make government prudent at all three levels – federal, state and local, as well as make public looting totally unattractive to all public servants.
Although many are still saying there can’t be uniformed growth across Nigeria’s 36 states, we say that the starting place for Nigeria’s growth is for all Nigerians – leaders and followers alike – to be uniformed in thought and deed against greed and misgovernance.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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