According to Professor Itse Sagay, a Nigerian senator earns over three billion naira per annum. Why?
As poverty-stricken as the average Nigerian is, Nigerian senators pride themselves as one of the highest paid in the world.
In accordance with the principles of democracy, the legislative arm of government is supposed to be the people’s representative.
They’re supposed to have the people at heart in everything they do, which includes decision making and implementation of laws.
The people’s needs are supposed to be their needs; likewise the pain of the people. Because in reality, legislators are supposed to be the people in government.
But in Nigeria, it is not the case. And it doesn’t look like it will be so anytime soon.
Upon retrospection, one would realize that not for once has it been recorded that the lives of average Nigerians were positively affected as a result of an implemented law.
Everything they do, including the approval of budgets, seems to be for the elite and a select few.
And when situations compel them (our so-called representatives) to exchange blows and scale through locked gates, it is not for the people’s sake but for their selfish political interest.
Because as it stands, laws like that are the needed resolutions that can help save this country from its ill-fated end.
But they will not do such and they’ll never make an attempt. You know why? The coffer of Nigeria is like a “National Cake” to them: Let those who have the opportunity to cut, satisfy their greed with loots.
And from 1960 to date, the goal has remained the same.
According to Professor Itse Sagay, a Nigerian senator earns over three billion naira per annum. Why? To represent a people that is poverty poverty-stricken.
Here is a breakdown of a Nigerian Senators monthly salary as stated by Professor Itse Sagay
Basic salary N2,484,245.50
Hardship allowance 1,242, 122.70
Constituency allowance N4, 968, 509.00
Furniture allowance N7, 452, 736.50
Newspaper allowance N1, 242, 122.70
Wardrobe allowance N621,061.37
Recess allowance N248, 424.55
Domestic staff N1,863,184.12
Personal assistant N621,061.37
Vehicle maintenance allowance N1,863,184.12
Leave allowance N248,424.55
Severance gratuity N7,425,736.50
Motor vehicle allowance N9,936,982.00