Nigerian Senators Lead the Pack as List of Highest-Paid Lawmakers in Africa in 2021 Emerges

Nigerian Senators Lead the Pack as List of Highest-Paid Lawmakers in Africa in 2021 Emerges

Nigerian lawmakers, aside from being key decision makers on touching matters in various sectors of the country, go home with fat salaries at the end of the month.

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This has catapulted them to the first position on an emerging list of highest paid senators in the African continent.

Nigerian Senators Lead the Pack as List of Highest Paid Lawmakers in Africa in 2021 Emerge
Nigerian senators top list of senators in Africa with the highest pay Photo Credit: Sunday Aghaeze
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According to Encomium, an average Nigerian senator goes home every month with a basic salary of N2.4 million.

That's not all. Their salary package comes with a list of payment that includes hardship, constituency, newspaper, wardrobe, vehicle maintenance, recess allowances and so forth.

This is in sharp contrast with the basic pay of an average worker that is pegged at N18, 000. By calculation, it will take about 1638 years for a worker to make the yearly salary of a Nigerian lawmaker.

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Interestingly, Nigeria's lawmakers are one of the highest paid in the world, according to Order Paper.

Second place on the rich list is Kenya lawmakers who are said to be the highest paid in the whole of East Africa, Face2FaceAfrica reports.

The lawmakers have an array of mouth-watering allowances including a $48,000 car grant.

They are also privy to a wage bill of $5.5 million per month.

Others that made the top 5 list, according to Africa Facts Zone are Uganda, South Africa and Ghana.

Social media users took to Twitter to express their views on the ranking.

@jaachyke said:

"This is the first time Nigeria is topping your chart... But in a wrong note."

@bryt_alozy wrote:

"Their salaries are 10,000 times above the national minimum wage. Worst is Nigeria where a lawmaker earns more than a US president. Trump earns ~$400k annually; a Nigerian senator earns ~$1.7m annually+the ridiculous allowances. And they do nothing for the masses

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@Ayodele5E stated:

"Nigeria politicians despise earning that $1.7m they are expert looters of public funds....Nigeria is the centre of world corruption."

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Meanwhile, earlier reported about ranks in the Nigerian army and their salaries.

The military, also known as the armed forces, is authorised to apply deadly force and weapons in order to protect the interests of the state and its citizens. It has to defend the citizens and the country in case of threat or declared war from another country.

Sometimes, the military may function as a subculture within a larger society. It means that the military has its infrastructure in a certain area.


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