The collective power of Rage at work:We’ll Reduce Our Salaries, Allowances – Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki has denied that federal lawmakers get N9billion wardrobe allowance.
He also 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.

LEADERSHIP recalls 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.
Saraki Warns MDAs over non-remittance of revenue

Meanwhile, the Senate president yesterday warned federal government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) that mismanagement and non-remitting of revenue due to the Federation Account will no longer be condoned.

Addressing RMAFC boss, Engr. Elias Mbam, and his team when they paid him a courtesy visit in his office, Saraki noted that non-compliance by agencies of government in remitting monies had brought major setbacks in the processes of governance.
He reiterated the support of the Senate in bringing justice to any erring agency that indulges in diverting government’s revenue.

“Monetary revenue and allocation is a serious challenge to our economy. Though, diversification of economy is very important but it is not an overnight issue. We must block every leakage in government revenue.

“We made campaign promises to Nigerians, and we must fulfill all our pledges. It cannot be business as usual. We will do everything within our capacity to elevate the living standard of Nigerians,” he said.

Earlier, Mbam had called for continued working partnership with the National Assembly to enhance its effectiveness.

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