Nigerian Senators Earn More Than Donald Trump & British Prime Minister

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Oct 9 , 2017 – Nigerian Senators Earn More Money Than Donald Trump, British Prime Minister

The Chairman Movement for Nigeria’s Total Transformation, Chief Areoye Oyebola, has decried the non-responsiveness of Nigerian federal lawmakers to the widespread call for the downward review of their “monumental salaries and allowances.”

According to Oyebola, the recent criticism of the federal legislators by the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), was just one of many criticisms that had trailed the lawmakers over the years but to which they had turned deaf ears.

He recalled that he had raised the same issue in a publication, tagged, “Grave Issues Nigeria Must Tackle,” which was publicly presented at a gathering that had in attendance eminent Nigerians such as a former Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola(SAN); human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN); and Prof. Pat Utomi.

Oyebola had, in the presentation, decried what he described as the insensitivity of the lawmakers, who he said, were living large in the midst of widespread poverty in the country.

He noted then that the earnings of the United States of America’s President were far lower than what a Nigerian lawmaker took home.

He had said, “It is also strange, unthinkable and very disheartening that a senator, not minding the grinding poverty of Nigerians, earns $1.7m a year, which is far higher than the $400,000 yearly income of the United States’ President, whose stupendous country is the richest in the world. Even a member of the House of Representatives also earns more than the American President. What a tragic and pathetic situation!

“Worse still, each of our National Assembly members earns more than the British Prime Minister, while the pay of a member of Ghana’s unicameral legislature is a very small fraction of our House of Representatives’ member jumbo pay of more than N10m in a month, let alone the monumental quarterly allowances that have led to serious public outcry.

“The multi-million naira earned by the leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives even worse, more outrageous and mind-boggling.”

Oyebola noted that despite their modest pay, compared to the Nigerian federal lawmakers, the legislators in Ghana worked harder and “have minimal absenteeism,” while they had also done much to sustain their country’s democracy, “which is a model for many African countries.”

He said the Ghanaian lawmakers were also more sensitive to the realities in their country, recalling that an attempt by them to have a raise in earnings in 2009 was immediately jettisoned following a public outcry.

Oyebola called for a 90 per cent cut in the earnings of Nigerian elected public officials, saying with that they would still be richer than their counterparts in the US and the UK.

He said, “As suggested below, for the National Assembly, the President, ministers, state governors, state legislators, chairmen of local governments and councillors should have their pay and allowances reduced to 10 per cent of their present earnings. If effected, each senator’s present earnings of N15m a month will be reduced to N1.5m or N18m a year. A similar 90 per cent reduction should be effected from the pay of members of the House of Representatives.”

According to him, this is the only way to ensure that politics would no longer be a matter of do-or-die.

7 thoughts on “Nigerian Senators Earn More Than Donald Trump & British Prime Minister

  1. I’ll keep saying these Nigeria politicians is the problem Nigerians has,if not for corrupt policies made by politicians in their favour not giving 0% fuck abt its citizens, Nigeria itself has the man power to be like qatar

  2. its high time Nigerians regroup kidnap and assinate any corrupt politician past and present including the likes of failure jonathan and his wife nt forget OBJ.

  3. Nigeria politician earning more money with block head is “corruption” or is it not thesame idiot that are seen sleep on they jobs?

  4. any Nigeria who follows a Nigeria politician on any social media platform should be tag an idiot,fool and a donkey. except those making an impact like Ambode.

  5. I have watched their parliamentary time or whatever they call it in Nigeria and these guys will be wandering about or busy chatting with one another whilst a motion is being raised. They are not serious people but bunch of selfish lot. Yes some of them were already wealthy before becoming politicians, but they are at the Assembly and Senate to make more and be powerful.
    Nigerians are asking alot out of a bunch of illiterates who are sat in these houses with little education and no clue of how problems of poverty in the countrywill be resolved.
    The flip side is that none of these so called lawmakers care. It’s all about the money and the usual “big agbada”, or titled clothes.

  6. This is why Trump in a video that’s gone iral said that blacks can never manage themselves. Take a look around all of the African countries. Same situation and most of these African countries have huge natural resources to make their economy developed.
    All these politicians do is talk till the cows come home. Nothing changes.
    You see them on AIT, NTA, Channelu etc as invited guests for discussions but they still steal the money meant for projects and development.
    I had thought the Buhari govt will reduce their salaries as part of his manifesto but in Nigeria it’s been known where when you shout thief, thief self will be running calling someone else thief, so your left confused.

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