Wednesday, 28 August 2013

What A Senator Earns In Nigeria,Explicitly Declared

In what he tagged “The Mess Called Legislator’s Salary” on the website, Debo Adejugbe analyses what Nigerian Senators earn, monthly and yearly. See for yourself and give your opinion.

I saw an article where our legislators salaries was laid bare and this little analysis is a cry for help on those who have the numbers to release them and let’s bring these gluttons down. Now that they have agreed to debate Oby Ezekwesili on the figures she presented on the National Assembly’s spending, maybe we can confront them with this average computed salary structure and see how they react to it. They have failed to refute her claims with facts hence we should give it to them.

If they claim these figures are not correct, fine! Release yours or hold your peace forever.

Data Meant For: 109 Senators and 360 House of Representatives Members at an average (469 Members in Total)

Basic Salary (BS): N2, 484, 245.50

Hardship Allowance, 50% of BS: N1, 242, 122.75
Constituency Allowance, 200% of BS: N4, 968, 509.00

Furniture Allowance, 300% 0f BS: N7, 452, 736.50

Newspaper Allowance 50% of BS: N1, 242, 122.70

Wardrobe Allowance 25% of BS: N621, 061.37
Recess Allowance 10% of BS: N248, 424.55
Accommodation Allowance 200% of BS: N4, 968, 509.00

Utilities Allowance 30% of BS: N828, 081.83
Domestic Staff Allowance 35% of BS: N863, 184.12

Entertainment Allowance 30% of BS: N828, 081.83

Personal Assistance Allowance 25% of BS: N621, 061.37

Vehicle Maintenance Allowance 75% of BS: N1, 863, 184.12

Leave Allowance 10% of BS: N248, 424.55
One off payments (Severance gratuity) 300% of BS: N7, 452, 736.50

Motor Vehicle Allowance 400% of BS: N9, 936, 982.00

Total Monthly Take Home = N29, 479, 749.00

Twenty nine million, four hundred and seventy nine thousand, seven hundred and forty nine naira only

Total Monthly Pay for 469 Members:

469 Members x N29, 479, 749.00 = N13, 826, 002, 281

Thirteen billion, eight hundred and twenty six million, two thousand, two hundred and eighty one naira only

Total Yearly Pay for 469 Members:

12 Months x N13, 826, 002, 281 = N165, 912, 027, 372

One hundred and sixty five billion, nine hundred and twelve million, twenty seven thousand, three hundred and seventy two naira only

Average Quarterly Allowance for Reps and Senators (there is a difference in the Reps and Senators allowances, this analysis takes an average to minimize the struggles of coping with the various arithmetic)

Average Quarterly Allowance for Reps and Senators = N35, 000, 000

Average Yearly (Quarterly) Allowance (N35m x 4) = N140, 000, 000

For the 469 Members (N140m x 469) = N65, 660, 000, 000

Sixty five billion, six hundred and sixty million naira

Total Yearly Pay (Other than specific allowances mentioned in the first part)

N165, 912, 027, 372 + N65, 660, 000, 000 = N231, 572, 027, 372

Two hundred and thirty one billion, five hundred and seventy two million, twenty seven thousand, three hundred and seventy two naira only
I just tried to review what I saw in the article and properly bring the numbers to the fore. Here is one report detailing their salaries in 2011 and the article where I sourced some of the numbers. If this is actually what they collect as salaries, I think they owe Oby Ezekwesili and the rest of us an apology. If they dispute this, they should release the data to us. That way, we will stop haunting them at every opportunity. I still doubt that they will though.

I’m @deboadejugbe


  1. And d public are suffering and dying in poverty...God dey o

  2. Orethmo shehithne babilt gamonk ...... No, I am definitely not speaking in tongues! Shock at these ridiculous salaries just made me write in a different language even though I can't translate what I wrote. Na wa oh, who says Nigeria is not really the 'giant' of Africa? See gigantic salaries oh!