The report alleging that Nigerian lawmakers will share N9billion among themselves as wardrobe allowance went viral in the media as Nigerians have strongly criticised the Legislators jumbo pay especially in a nation facing dwindling revenue due to falling oil price in the international market.
Reacting to the N9billion wardrobe allowance to be paid to the senators and house members anytime from now, Saraki said the annual wardrobe allowance for each senator is N506,600 per annum, about N2.25 million for their four-year tenure.
He said there were plans by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to reduce salaries and allowances of federal lawmakers.
Saraki, who stated this on his Twitter handle yesterday after meeting with the RMAFC boss, said the annual wardrobe allowance for each senator is N506,600 per annum, about N2.25 million for their four-year tenure.
He also absolved lawmakers of indiscriminately allocating monies to themselves, and said that RMAFC had the sole responsibility of fixing their remuneration, adding that the Commission would soon publish details of their allowances on its website.
“RMAFC was in my office to clarify (that) wardrobe allowance is N506,600 per senator. I have just been informed that RMFAC will be publishing details of allowances on their website.
“With the current challenge we are facing as a nation, RMAFC will be reviewing allowances to reflect the current economic trend. Fixing remuneration is sole responsibility of RMAFC,” the Senate president said.
Meanwhile, it will be recalled that there were media reports that a member of House Representatives collects N17.5 million as wardrobe allowance annually, while a senator receives about N21.5 million which is in contrast with Saraki’s claim.