Why Buhari made a U-turn on legislators’ jumbo pay – Presidency
In the House of Representatives, each of the 360 lawmakers gets a total annual package of N136.6m or N11.3m monthly (or N33.9m quarterly).However, between 2015 and 2020, the budget ranged from N120bn to N139bn, as Nigeria faced dwindling financial resources, particularly from crude oil market volatility.
At every point of the adjustment, there had always been uproar in the country, with many saying the lawmakers hardly worked enough to justify their pay, considered to be among the highest in the world.“I will see if I can stop lawmakers from buying over N48bn worth of cars.”
Alleged fraud: Buhari suspends coordinator of amnesty programme“This wrong perception has resulted partly from a lack of understanding of the enormous work of lawmakers, especially outside the glare of television cameras.”to explain the twist, the Presidency said Buhari had been briefed more on the operations of Nigeria’s bi-cameral legislature to make a U-turn.
“For him to make that statement, he understands that this money, as opposed to what he thought before, there is more clarity as to what it is meant for.The presidential aide said the uproar over the budget of the legislature was misplaced, arguing that the public should look beyond the 109 senators and the 360 Reps to the organs of the National Assembly.
Groups, including organised labour, the Nigerian Bar Association and the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project have disagreed with the President’s new position, saying it is unrealistic for the legislators to receive huge pay while the National Minimum Wage is N30,000.
Incidentally, the RMAFC Chairman, Mr Elias Mbam, in 2015, soon after the President’s opposition to the lawmakers’ pay, said the commission had a presidential directive to review the pay package of political office holders such that no legislator would earn up to N1m monthly.
Mbam had said, “We are currently reviewing the subsisting remuneration package and it is going to reflect the socio-economic realities of today. We expect that before the end of next month, it will be ready. But it will go through a process, it is not something that just requires anyone to say yes or no.”
He said while over N1tn had been budgeted for the projects in the last 10 years, there was no proof of how the money was utilised.
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Any nassnigeria that feels his/her salary is too small should resign & let those of us that will gladly accept N500k monthly take the job. It is not by force to work there. Resign & go home,stop complaining & wasting tax payers money Politics of convenience The U-turn is not that necessary Because a cut down is important to curtail the excesses of governances
He made a U-turn so the rubber stamp can approve his loan request and in return they get their jumbo pay. You people can steal all that Nigeria as country have but remember to ask people like Abacha how far “Yes, the President has had a better understanding of what they do and also a better understanding of what the money appropriated to the National Assembly is meant for.” Only God will judge this government and it’s supporters for their hypocrisy.
So what's the way forward Bcos Saraki and Dogara are no longer there na Social pressure! The ears opened temporarily! We pray for an open heart. It is not too late to undo all the damages. He is now part of the system why will he not understand? In Nigeria, when you are outside the govt, you see very clearly but once you become part of the government you become blind to a lot of things.
Because he's not a normal person, something is wrong with his brain. That's the problem with MBuhari Is this man okay. We are talking about CORONA abi this government no get sense ni. ?
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