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REVIEW: Tambuwal, Ihedioha increase Reps Salaries from N27m to N45m as lawmakers mount pressure

LEGISREPORTS NG – After series of pressures mounted by members of the House of Representatives on the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal and his deputy, Emeka Ihedioha, the federal lawmakers now take home a princely N45 million per quarter as salaries each. This obscene payment to lawmakers in the same country where the minimum wage is pegged at a meagrely N18,000 per month in the public sector and at a time when poverty is ravaging the land with over 70% of the populace living on less than $1 a day. LEGISREPORTS authoritatively gathered that the lawmakers faced with intense pressure for re-election and with some of them still reeling in debts incurred from loans secured from banks to fund lavish lifestyles, have recently increased pressure on their leadership to up their wages from an initial N27miilion to the current amount of N45million per quarter. The increment has been instalmental as LEGISREPORTS has previously reported a raise from the N27million when they first came into office to N37million and now the current figure which they had always angled to receive as payment for making laws for Nigeria and conducting probes with little or no results to show for it. Nigerian lawmakers have been strongly criticised for being the highest paid in the world and for consistently refusing to disclose the amount they take home as wages. The National Assembly, comprising the Senate and House of Representatives have received an annual lump sum of N150 billion without any budgetary breakdown in spite of demands by citizens for transparency on how the money is spent. LEGISREPORTS gathered that the deal to pay themselves N45million was struck when it became apparent that the members had become too restive with Tambuwal and Ihedioha whom had been accused of not being forthcoming with the details of budgetary spending in the House of Representatives and being lopsided in favour of those in leadership to the detriment of the generality of members. They had to cave in to save themselves from possible impeachment, said a lawmaker who spoke on condition of anonymity. Both the speaker and his deputy have been said to be cautious in approving the raise to avoid public backlash and to save the House from indebtedness which the immediate past assembly under Hon. Dimeji Bankole suffered from. The increased wage was begun in the second quarter of this year and was paid in two instalments, according to sources in the National Assembly. When contacted on the issue, the House spokesman, Hon. Zakari Mohammed neither took calls made nor responded to text message sent to his phone as at press time. This report was prepared by our reporter

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