Court Orders RMAFC To Fix Salaries, Allowances Of Nigerian Senators, Rep Members To Reflect Country’s Poor Economy

The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to repair the salaries and allowances of the 469 members of the National Assembly– 109 within the Senate and 360 within the House of Representatives to replicate the financial realities within the nation.

Justice Chuka Austine Obiozor in her judgment on Friday additionally dominated that the National Assembly Service Commission has no energy to find out the remuneration and allowances of the lawmakers.


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The judgment adopted the consolidated fits introduced by Monday Ubani, John Nwokwu, greater than 1,500 involved Nigerians, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), BudgIT and Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE).

According to Justice Obiozor, RMAFC is the one physique chargeable for figuring out the salaries, remuneration and/or allowances of the National Assembly or Political Offices Holders.

“The National Assembly Service Commission has no power whatsoever to fix and determine or allocate the remuneration, allowances, salaries, emoluments or monetary values to the members of the National Assembly,” the courtroom mentioned.

The swimsuit was filed on the heels of  stories that members of the National Assembly obtain operating prices and allowances not decided by RMAFC and that such allowances are unlawful as a result of they’re far above what the RMAFC prescribed.

A former Senator, Shehu Sani had in an interview with newsmen on the eighth of March 2018 revealed that “each senator receives N13.5 million Monthly as running cost in addition to over N750,000.00 monthly consolidated salary and allowances”.

The Plaintiffs of their consolidated fits said: “RMAFC has failed to do any downward review of salaries and allowances of members of the National Assembly since 2007 in spite of the economic downturn in Nigeria. Yet, the commission is statutorily required to review the pay of the lawmakers, in conformity with the country’s economic realities and to achieve fiscal efficiency.”

The fits, learn partly: “Given a few years of maximum poverty within the nation, and the shortcoming of a number of state governments to pay salaries of employees and pensions, the refusal or failure of the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission to assessment and lower the salaries and allowances of members of the National Assembly is a gross violation of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended) and the fee’s personal Act.

“The allowances of wardrobe, newspapers, kitchen touring home and constituency venture allowances of the members of the National Assembly are by no means contemplated or within the intendment of the structure which created them and specified how they are often remunerated.

“The obligation of the RMAFC to assessment the salaries and allowances of members of the National Assembly is necessary and the Commission can’t select to not comply. Therefore, the failure or refusal by the Commission to adjust to its personal Act quantities to arbitrariness.

“Unless the reliefs sought by the plaintiffs are granted, the defendants and members of the National Assembly will proceed to profit from these outrageous salaries and allowances, in breach of the legislation and on the expense of thousands and thousands of Nigerians dwelling in excessive poverty.

“The quantities budgeted as cost for furnishings and lodging allowance to members of the ninth National Assembly negates the oath of workplace below the Seventh Schedule of the 1999 Constitution by members to carry out their capabilities within the curiosity of the well-being and prosperity of Nigeria.

“The National Assembly comprises of 469 members – with 109 in the Senate and 360 in the House of Representatives. These public officers form a very tiny percentage of about 200 million Nigerians. Members are still eligible to collect huge sums of money as monthly allowances and severance pay at the end of their respective terms.”

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Court Orders RMAFC To Fix Salaries, Allowances Of Nigerian Senators, Rep Members To Reflect Country's Poor Economy

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