The National Assembly members will receive a total of N8.64billion as wardrobe allowance next week, This Day has obtained. This is aside other allowances they are entitled to, including housing and vehicle allowances. Each of 360 House of Representatives members is to get N17.5million as a wardrobe allowance and each of 109 senators – N21.5million. Wardrobe allowance covers the the whole four-year tenure, while housing allowances are paid on a yearly basis.
Calculations based on the system approved by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, each senator will be paid N4,052,800 as housing allowance. The Senate president and his deputy will be provided accommodation by the Federal Government.
Each reps member will be paid N3,970,425 as housing allowance upon assumption of office. Similarly, speaker’s and deputy speaker’s is to be ensured by the government. Furniture allowance for the senators will take away N6,079,200 from the NASS budget, N650,474,400 for each (107, excluding president and deputy president).
Furniture allowance for each member of the House of Representatives will correspond N2,132,118,225, which makes N5,955,637.50 for each. Meanwhile Nigerians express shock over the idea of wardrobe allowances in general: