The Salaries And Remuneration Of House Of Representatives Members In Nigeria
NIGERIA NEWS would be analyzing the salaries, and remunerations of House Of Representatives Members in Nigeria, with a special interest in the remuneration of the speaker, deputy speaker, the whips, majority and minority leaders and all committee chairmen as a follow on the recent post on the Salaries And Earnings Of Nigerian Senators.
As mentioned in the previous post, Nigerian legislators are actually the highest paid legislators and parliamentarians in the world, and this is because of the well-structured salary scheme constructed by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation And Fiscal Commission.
It is no longer news however that many House of Representative members just like their Senate counterparts live above their pay and one way or the other corruptible raise extra funds to fuel their extravagant lifestyle.
Below is the detailed analysis of the salaries and earnings of Nigerian House Of Representative Members.
Speaker And Deputy Speaker
Going by the approved 2015 review of the earnings made the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation And Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), The Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives earns an annual basic salary of N 2, 477, 110, with an accompanying allowance of N2, 477, 110.50 bringing about a total annual salary of N4, 954, 220.50. In lieu of that, the monthly take-home salary of the speaker is N 412, 851.67.
Additionally, the Speaker of the House of Representatives is accrued to 100 percent of his Annual Basic Salary as Constituency Allowance which sums up to a total of N 2, 477, 110.
Other non-regular allowances include 300 percent gratuity for the speaker; and estacode of $790 per night for foreign trips, as well as a N32, 000 per night duty tour allowance.
Similarly, the speaker’s wardrobe expenses and newspapers are covered by the federal government.
On the other side, the federal government provides the speaker’s vehicles and as well as their maintenance. Similarly, the domestic staffs, entertainments, utilities, securities, Legislative Aides, House Maintenance, Special Adviser and a Personal Assistant are also provided by the federal government.
The Deputy Speaker enjoys the same benefits as the Speaker with a little exception to his Annual Basic Salary and total allowances. The review provides for an Annual Basic Salary of N 2,287, 034.25, and a total allowance of N2, 287, 034.25. This brings annual salary to a total of N4,574,068.50 and a monthly payment of N 381172.38
The Deputy Speaker receives $ 750 as estacode for foreign trips and gets N32, 000 per night as Duty Tour Allowance.
The Majority Leader, Whips and Committee Chairmen
The House Majority Leader receives an annual basic salary of N 1,985, 212.50. similarly, the minority leader, whips and committee chairmen earn same.
In addition, the majority Leader receives 10 percent of annual salary for Responsibility which is; Minority Leader 7 percent; while the Whip and Committee chairmen receive 5 percent for the same purpose.
It is important to note that the Senate principal officers are all entitled to the benefits accruable to the ordinary senators of the National assembly, with extra added benefits.
Ordinary Members Of The House Of Representatives
An Ordinary member of Federal House Of Representatives earns an annual basic salary of N1, 985, 212.50. In addition to that, all members of the federal House of Representatives earns a 100% annual basic salary as allowances for constituency projects.
Each member of the House of Representatives receives 200 percent of the annual salary for accommodation, 75 percent for vehicle maintenance, 25 percent for Personal Assistants, 5 percent for house maintenance, 75 percent for domestic staff, 30 percent for both entertainment and utilities.
Other received remunerations include 25 percent for wardrobe, 15 percent for newspapers and responsibility allowance of between 10, 7, and 5 percent respectively.
All House of Representatives members are accrued to $550 as estacode per night during foreign travels and N21, 000 as the per night remunerations on duty tour.