Dogara Reveals ₦25 Million Speaker’s Allowance

Julianah Ologunde
By Julianah Ologunde 3 Min Read

Dogara Reveals ₦25 Million Speaker’s Allowance. Former House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara has challenged public perceptions about parliamentary compensation, revealing that his total allowance while in office amounted to ₦25 million. Dogara, who represented the Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal constituency of Bauchi State and held the Speaker’s gavel from 2015 to 2019, made this disclosure at an Abuja event on Wednesday.

Intriguingly, Dogara left room for interpretation regarding the timeframe of this allowance, not specifying whether it was a monthly, annual, or cumulative figure for his four-year tenure. He expressed bewilderment at the origin of the widespread belief that National Assembly members receive exorbitant salaries.

“I instructed my accountant to create a separate account for this sum, as I didn’t consider it my personal funds,” Dogara stated, addressing the ₦25 million allowance. He went on to challenge the notion of “humongous” allowances, appealing for understanding from his colleagues and the current Speaker.

Dogara Reveals ₦25 Million Speaker’s Allowance

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The former Speaker also shed light on his base salary, asserting that it never exceeded ₦400,000 monthly during his time in office. This revelation prompted a surprising reaction from a young constituent who quipped that he could afford to employ Dogara himself.

Dogara’s statements come amid ongoing public scrutiny of National Assembly finances. While exact figures remain undisclosed, the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) announced in June 2023 that salaries for politicians, judicial and public office holders would see a 114% increase.

The former Speaker painted a picture of financial strain rather than excess, claiming that the allowance rarely lasted more than three days due to constituent demands. He urged for greater public understanding of the financial realities faced by lawmakers, suggesting that even the most frugal member would struggle to make their compensation last a full month.

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“I’m sharing this to allow some breathing room for the current Speaker and Deputy Speaker,” Dogara explained, highlighting the intense financial pressures faced by those in leadership positions within the House.

This candid discussion about parliamentary compensation occurs against a backdrop of widespread poverty in Nigeria, with many citizens questioning the allocation of resources to political offices. Dogara’s revelations offer a counterpoint to popular beliefs about legislative wealth, potentially opening new avenues for dialogue on political remuneration and public service expectations in Nigeria.

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