Nigerian lawmakers are the highest paid in the world

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Nigeria ranks among the highest exporters of crude oil in the world yet they rank among the poorest in the world. A few politicians pockets the wealth of the nation in their pockets.

Nigerian lawmakers are the highest paid in the world

Nigeria ranks among the highest exporters of crude oil in the world. Billions of dollars accrue to Nigeria from the sales of crude oil and the economy of the country is built on the revenues from crude oil exports. In spite of the huge revenues that come into Nigeria on daily basis, the Nigerian government is among the borrowing nations of the world. Nigeria is among the poorest nations in the world with risky level of infant mortality rate; malnutrition and child killer diseases, poor educational and health systems; crime and other social mischiefs are on the increase.
In the midst of these calamities torturing the people of Nigeria, the Nigerian lawmakers goes home monthly with a whopping and staggering amount. Recently, the lawmakers met to increase the basic salary for civil servants from 7,000 to 18,000 naira monthly; that is from about 46 to 120 US dollars per month. Millions of others are unemployed while few are employed in the private sector where the take home pay is far bellow the civil servants’. The pressure in the Nigerian society has become so tensed that people are being forced into different kinds of crime for survival. How much is the pay package of the Nigerian lawmakers?

How Much Do Nigerian Lawmakers Earn?

Professor Itse Sagay, a renowned scholar of law in his lecture titled; ‘Legislating for the Common Good: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives’, to mark the 47th birthday anniversary of the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Opeyemi Bamidele, berated the attitude of the Nigerian lawmakers as being cruel and tantamount to betrayal of the trust placed on them by the electorate. He explained that Nigerian lawmakers at the lower and upper chambers of the National Assembly are the highest paid legislators in the world. Professor Sagay explain that a senator in Nigeria earns 240 million naira (about 1.7 million US dollars) in salaries and allowances and a member of the House of Representatives earns 204 million naira (about 1.45 US dollars) per annum. There are 109 Senators and 360 members of the House of Representatives. He went on to explain that an American Senator earns 174,000 US dollars while a UK parliamentarian earns about 64,000 US dollars per annum. Going by the above analysis, a Nigeria Senator earns almost ten times the salary of his US counterpart and more than twenty times the salary of a UK parliamentarian.
He also said that in 2009, the federal legislators received a total of 102.8 billion naira, comprising 11 billion naira as salaries and 90.96 billion naira as non-taxable allowances. He wondered how justified it is for a Nigerian lawmaker to earn more than the president of the United States of America which is undoubtedly the largest and richest economy in the world. President Barack Obama, earns $400,000 per annum; 1.3 million US dollars lesser than the salary of a Nigerian senator. He said that the British Prime Minister, Mr. David Cameron earns just $190,000 a year which is more than 1.5 million US dollars less than a Nigerian senator’s salaries. Professor Sagay also said that the Senate President is on a special monthly salary of 88.33 million naira, while his deputy is on 50 million naira; 1.24 billion naira is paid as quarterly allowances to the 10 principal officers of the Senate, while other principal officers earn 78 million naira every three months. The situation has gone so bad that more than 70 per cent of national income now goes into paying salaries and allowances of political office holders who form less than one per cent of the Nigerian population.

What Are The Duties Of The Lawmakers?

Apart from the outrageous salaries of the Nigerian lawmakers, billions of dollars are disbursed to the lawmakers by the executive to lobby for approval of bills. Some of the lawmakers are appointed to head some committees; this also brings in more money into the vaults of the lawmakers. In fact, to be a member of the Nigerian National Assembly is a money spinning venture. No wonder, most of the legislators had to commit all kinds of atrocities including rigging, assassination of their counterparts and wasting the lives of the people to cling to the National Assembly tickets.
What are their duties in the different levels of the National Assembly? There are no improvements in the lives of the citizenry of the country. Things are getting tougher for the average Nigerian on a daily basis and the country is becoming more and more ungovernable with rising spate of crimes like assassinations, kidnappings, armed robbery, fraudsterism and terrorism. Everyday, Nigerians are embarrassed by the disgracing attitudes of their lawmakers. They fight, exchanging physical blows and brutal wrestling in the National Assemblies. Nigerians now understand the reasons for the hostility among the lawmakers – they are in the National Assembly to legislate funds into their vaults and this must be done by the survival of the fittest.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
27th Mar 2011 (#)

Paul,
This is very strange to know.

"outrageous salaries and all that fight, exchanging physical blows and brutal wrestling"! Strange people and strange laws!

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author avatar Godwill
28th Mar 2011 (#)

It's really strange my brother. A country where less than one percent of the population has more than ninety five percent of the wealth of the nation through fraud.

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author avatar Bayo
2nd May 2011 (#)

I don't think we deserve to be a country, we are just a large community. Anything goes... Stupid leaders.

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author avatar Amadi Stanley
12th Jan 2012 (#)

Our leaders has murdered sleep and will never know rest till they die, doom and destruction awaits them. Criminals.

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author avatar Godwill
8th May 2011 (#)

Bayo, it's worst than what we know. I strongly believe there is time for everything. It can't last forever. They should ask Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and many more countries and they will understand that there is a limit to what people can bear.

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author avatar Raphael
21st Sep 2011 (#)

I have always pondered what might be the genuine cause of the fight and thuggery displayed by this elderly and supposedly noble bunch of lawmakers, and it is crystal-clear to me now, to think that an average nigerian senator earns more than the us president and the uk prime minister!, is totally outrageous, something should be done about this real quick,i now understand why the recent-past set of lawmakers were determined to hang the cbn governor (sanusi lamido) on gallows. this is so disgusting.

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author avatar Godwill
27th Sep 2011 (#)

Raphael my brother, we need God's intervention. We're been led by a wicked cult and it's God that can set this country free.

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author avatar Bello Zakari
28th Sep 2011 (#)

I found it very hard to believe that my country's law makers are the highest paid in the world. No wonder they go to any lenth to be there, any thing including murder.

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author avatar Samsung
3rd Nov 2011 (#)

And as if datz nt enough, dey still 've d gods 2 tell Nigerians dat dere's no money in d country nd d only way 2 salvage it is 2 remove subsidy. God, but wen 'll it get 2 our turn 2 xperience d kind of revolution dat our Neighbouring countries r xperiencing .

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author avatar Val
7th Nov 2011 (#)

Nigerian lawmakers are calos, fulish, hard hearted, cantakerious bastads who want notin but d poor 2 get poorer and they d rich richer. NICOOMPOOS!!

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author avatar Chukwudi
27th Dec 2011 (#)

this is wickedness. cant anything be done, workers are demanding for just 18000 and they are complaining.

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author avatar Raymond Adam
4th Jan 2012 (#)

Listen you all we dont have to stay in our positions,throwing insults at them,desiring it were better. We will not make one more sacrifice for the satisfaction of their gluttony. We must stand up and possess our possessions, we must unite the nigerian spirit and fight against the god of greed that has blinded them from loving us their fellow countrymen. AND THE TIME IS NOW!. Please godwin i need ur fone number and that of anyone who is interestd in this great move of our time.mine is 08038838382

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author avatar Oluide
4th Jan 2012 (#)

The truth is nigeria is not and have never been a country. it is north against south and so on and the people are aware of this therefore politians use this division to commit fraud.the income from Oil will not be as lucrative in the nearet future and i strongly beleive then the north especially will demand seperation. Now be aware that nigerians have been betrayed by the western world

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author avatar Oluide
4th Jan 2012 (#)

(continiue from to) they are aware of this crime but they allow stolen public funds be deposited in their economies. They turn a blind eye to the injustice AND WHAT DO THEY DO? AID. they give millions in charity to nigerians so as to pacify the people, otherwise unrest and chaos in the country will have grave consequence on the price of oil worldwide. America is culpable in this crime( nigeria supplies 10% of it consumption).. Let it be known that not all nigerians are cowards of afraid of death, that day is drawing near when these heartless politicians will be held accountable.

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6th Jan 2012 (#)

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author avatar Seun
10th Jan 2012 (#)

I dont knw wheather the buses brought by jonatan wil cushion the effect of pepper sellers,n other stable food stuffs in market.what a bad luck!All of them should sacrifice their salaries for development of nigeria.

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author avatar Seun
10th Jan 2012 (#)

I dont knw wheather the buses brought by jonatan wil cushion the effect of pepper sellers,n other stable food stuffs in market.what a bad luck!All of them should sacrifice their salaries for development of nigeria.

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author avatar Prince A.S Kadiri
18th Jan 2012 (#)

Nigeria need a revolution..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Unbridled greed! siva

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author avatar Chioma
3rd Feb 2014 (#)

Nigeria lawmakers are noting but loafers, they are just ambassador of poverty

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