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NASS Members Salary Not More Than N1m Monthly, Says RMAFC

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NASSEngr. Elias Mbam, the Chairman, Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), says no federal lawmaker in Nigeria earns more than N1 million monthly.

Information Nigeria recalled a report by The Economist magazine which stated that a Nigerian legislator earned basic salary of $189,500 per annum (N30.6m) making them the highest paid lawmakers in the world.

But Mbam said the claim was outrageous and totally false.

Again, going by the report, the basic salary (which excludes allowances) of a Nigerian lawmaker was put at 116 times the country’s GDP per person of $1,600.

The magazine further alleged that the $189,500 earned annually by each Nigerian legislator was estimated to be 52 per cent higher than what Kenyan legislators earned.

Kenyan legislators are the second highest paid lawmakers in the world.

Mbam, however, in his reaction, said “This is an area that many Nigerians need to be properly informed about because I read the other day that their salaries were about N35 million.

“Certainly that is not from here. There is no senator after all deduction that takes home more than one million a month as salary. And if you compare it with what is obtainable elsewhere, you find out that one will not consider that too big.

“Look at how much a Permanent Secretary is paid, how much are chief executives, CBN governor are paid, and how much other establishments, even school professors are paid and then compare with what obtains in other countries,

“The problem is that most of the reports we receive particularly in news prints say that they are paid much more than that.

“And I have said repeatedly that if they receive more than what is approved by the Act, then the chief accounting officer should be held accountable, because the law is clear.”

On the proposed life pension payment to principal officers of the National Assembly, namely: the Senate President and his deputy, as well as the Speaker of the House of Representatives and his deputy, Mbam said the legality of it rested with the National Assembly.

He said, “The legality of it lies in the hands of the National Assembly. If the National Assembly makes it a law, then it is so, but if they do not, then it is illegal for any of them to be put on such.

“I can only challenge the law if I feel otherwise, but if it is not provided for by the law, then we can say that it is illegal.”

The commission is mandated by the Nigeria constitution, to determine remuneration appropriate to political office holders including the President, Vice President, Governors, legislators and others. (NAN)

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

Muhammadu Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.

He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Also Read: President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech – Full text

Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.

The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.

Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.

“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.

 

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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