months after the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and
Fiscal Commission pledged to give the nation reviewed
salaries and allowances for political office holders,
lawmakers and key government officials still cart home
about N9.18bn annually in salaries and allowances.
Investigation show that while RMAFC had completed work
on the review of the emoluments of political office
holders about November 2015, the new emoluments have not
seen the light of the day due to the politics involved
in the process.
a result, key political office holders still
earn the full packages they earned before the
decision to reduce the earnings of political and
judicial office holders. The annualised salary
and allowances of the president is N14,058,820,
while that of the vice-president is N12,126,290.
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President
Yemi Osinbajo had announced their decision to
take only 50 per cent of the salary and
allowances approved for them, meaning that they
take home N7,029,410 and N6,063,145
However, most of the allowances and entitlements
of the President and Vice-President are not
monetised but fully provided by the state. Apart
from salary, the regular allowances that are
monetised for the President are only hardship
allowance, N1,757,350.50 per annum; and
consistency allowance, N8,786,762.50 per annum.
For the Vice-President, the hardship allowance
is N1,515,786.25 per annum, while the
consistency allowance is N7, 578,931.25 per
irregular allowances for the President are the severance
allowance – 300 per cent of the annual salary or
N10,544,115 – and leave allowance – 10 per cent of the
annual salary or N351,470.50.
The irregular allowances of the Vice-President are the
severance allowance – 300 per cent of the annual salary
or N9, 094,717.50 – and leave allowance – 10 per cent of
the annual salary or N303,157.25.
Other allowances that the President and the
Vice-President are supposed to enjoy which are not
provided in monetary terms include motor vehicle
fuelling and maintenance, special assistants, and
Others are domestic staff, entertainment, utilities,
security and newspapers/periodical allowances.
These irregular allowances include accommodation,
furniture, duty tour, estacode, medical, and
For a senator, the salary and allowances add up to
N20,669,280 per annum. Those of a member of the House of
Representatives add up to N17,271,347.75.
There are 109 senators and 360 representatives. With the
exception of the Senate President, the Deputy Senate
President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives
and his deputy whose allowances are provided by the
state, lawmakers get a total of N8,397,965,454.5.
For a minister, the salary and allowances add up to
N14,705,164 while those of presidential aide add up to
N14,085,843.75. The Head of Service and the Secretary to
the Government of the Federation are on the same
salaries and allowances.
There are 36 ministers and 15 presidential aides. Their
annual emoluments add up to N770,083,888.25.
RMAFC had in June 2015 set in motion the process for the
downward review of the existing salaries and allowances
of political, public and judicial office holders when it
set up a committee chaired by Mr. Abdullahi Inde.
At the inauguration, returning Chairman of RMAFC, Mr.
Elias Mbam, had urged the committee to be conscious of
the prevailing economic situation and the need to reduce
cost of governance so as to free more funds for
The current remuneration of public office holders is
guided by the Remuneration Act of 2008. A review became
imperative following dwindling government revenues
occasioned by falling prices in the international oil
However, investigation showed that when Mbam left the
commission following the completion of his first tenure
in November 2015, the acting Chairman of RMAFC, Mr. Umar
Gana, made a number of attempts to present the new
packages to President Buhari but failed.
“The acting chairman could not get the green light from
the Villa to present the remuneration package to the
President,” an authoritative source told our
“That is why the new salary structure has been stalled.
The law requires that the President must get the
recommendation from RMAFC who would table it before the
Federal Executive Council for ratification. Then, it is
presented to the National Assembly.”
The current allowances of lawmakers are in categories.
Some are tagged regular allowances while others are
tagged irregular allowances.
Regular allowances are those that are paid on monthly
basis along with the monthly salaries while irregular
allowances are paid at other frequencies ranging from
annual to once in four years.
There are also other allowances not included in this
calculation that are paid not at any fixed periods but
as many times as they occur in the year.
The allowances are calculated as percentages of the
annual salaries. While some are higher than the annual
salaries; others are lower.
Basically, both senators and Reps are paid the same
percentages of their salaries as allowances except in
constituency allowance where senators are paid 250 per
cent while Reps are 100 per cent.
Vehicle maintenance and fuelling alliance is 75 per
cent; domestic staff, 75 per cent; entertainment, 30 per
cent; utilities, 30 per cent; wardrobe, 25 per cent;
newspapers, 15 per cent; house maintenance, five per
cent; and personal assistants, 25 per cent.
The irregular allowances include housing allowance, 200
per cent of their annual salaries; furniture allowance,
300 per cent; recess allowance, 10 per cent and
severance allowance, 300 per cent.
Housing allowance is paid once a year. Furniture
allowance is paid once in four years and recess
allowance is paid when the lawmakers are on recess and
they go on recess four times in a year. Severance
allowance is at the end of the four-year tenure.
There are other allowances that the lawmakers are not
paid directly but provided and paid for by the
government. These are special assistants, security and
legislative aides. What this means is that those engaged
in these capacities are paid directly by the government
as the allowances cannot be claimed by political office
holders. These allowances apply to senators and Reps.
Medical expenses are also borne by the government when
they have need for the services.
The lawmakers are also entitled to tour duty allowance,
estacode (when they travel).For a senator, the tour duty
allowance is N37, 000 per night; the estacode is $950
For a member of the House of Representatives, the tour
duty allowance is N35, 000 per night; while estacode is
$900 per night.
Ministers and presidential aides also enjoy similar
Experts, however, are not worried by the official
earnings of political office holders but by the
unofficial ones. Lawmakers, for instance, are said to
get some quarterly payment.
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