N8.5 million we receive monthly is too small – Nigerian lawmakerN8.5 million we receive monthly is too small – Nigerian lawmaker

The N8.5 million monthly running cost that members of the House of Representatives receive is insufficient, a lawmaker has said.

Oluwole Oke, who represents Oriade Federal Constituency of Osun State, stated this in an interview with Punch Newspaper.

The lawmaker admitted that the running cost is different from the N606,000 he earns as monthly salary as a federal lawmaker.

In comparison, a civil servant on the N30,000 minimum wage will have to work for 24 years to earn what an House of Represenatatives member earns as running cost monthly.

It is even worse in the case of senators who earn N13.5 million monthly as running cost. In that case, a civil servant on the minimum wage would have to work for 37 years to earn what a senator earns monthly.

The N30,000 minimum wage only came into place in April. Before then, the minimum wage was N18,000.

Despite the huge discrepancy between what lawmakers earn and what other public officials earn, Mr Oke still belives the running cost is too low.

“How much is N8.5 million to me as a person?” he said.

“If you have to embark on research, looking at all the bills that I have sponsored in the House, you will see that those bills that I sponsored are not ones you can just come by anyhow.

“They are not bills that you pick on the shelve.

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N8.5 million we receive monthly is too small – Nigerian lawmaker

July 21, 2019Nasir Ayitogo

The N8.5 million monthly running cost that members of the House of Representatives receive is insufficient, a lawmaker has said.

Oluwole Oke, who represents Oriade Federal Constituency of Osun State, stated this in an interview with Punch Newspaper.

The lawmaker admitted that the running cost is different from the N606,000 he earns as monthly salary as a federal lawmaker.

In comparison, a civil servant on the N30,000 minimum wage will have to work for 24 years to earn what an House of Represenatatives member earns as running cost monthly.

It is even worse in the case of senators who earn N13.5 million monthly as running cost. In that case, a civil servant on the minimum wage would have to work for 37 years to earn what a senator earns monthly.

The N30,000 minimum wage only came into place in April. Before then, the minimum wage was N18,000.

Despite the huge discrepancy between what lawmakers earn and what other public officials earn, Mr Oke still belives the running cost is too low.

“How much is N8.5 million to me as a person?” he said.

“If you have to embark on research, looking at all the bills that I have sponsored in the House, you will see that those bills that I sponsored are not ones you can just come by anyhow.

“They are not bills that you pick on the shelve.

“I remember when I promoted the National Pension Commission Act, it took me out to Chile and other countries like Argentina, the United Kingdom and India.”

“If you give me N8.5 million and I have to go and find out what is happening aside from the information that I get from the Internet.”

“Look at the tickets and see the flight costs even if I am flying economy class. So, how much is that?”

“If I have to engage lawyers and professionals to prepare bills for me, to work on motions for me; and get researchers also,” he said.

However, hiring legislative aides such as research assistants is taken care of separately. Each member of the House of Representatives is entitled to at least five aides paid by the government monthly. Presiding officers are entitled to more aides.

Mr Oke then made claims about the pay of U.S. lawmakers.

“Do you know how much their running costs are? It is $1 million. Do you know how much their salary is? It is $14,000 per month. Yet, you pay me $2,000 as salary,” he said.

Like Oke, like Shehu Sani

Mr Oke’s revelation is coming over one year after a former senator, Shehu Sani, while serving in the 8th Senate, revealed the monthly running cost of Nigerian senators.

The senator who represented Kaduna Central revealed that he and his colleagues receive N13.5 million monthly as “running cost.”

Mr Sani said that the running cost does not include the N700,000 monthly salary a senator earns.

In further justifying the running costs, Mr Oke alluded to the societal pressure on lawmakers.

“Besides whatever you get here in the form of salary or allowances, you have constituents with their numerous problems waiting (for you). Do you know how many scholarships and school fees that I am responsible for? Do you know how many constituents of mine who are ill; people who want to put to bed, people who have to undergo operations (surgeries) or need support? Do you know how many community projects that I have to support or celebrations and events that I have to support” he said.

Many Nigerian activists have, however, expressed disgust at the allowances which are fixed by the lawmakers themselves and are not approved by the revenue allocation agency, RMAFC.

Activists Condemn Pay

An activist and convener of Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju, while reacting to the comments by Mr. Oke said if judges do not earn up to that amount, there is no justification for any lawmaker to complain about it.

“If judges do not earn up to N2 million, why should legislators earn as much as N8.5 million?”

“This is fundamentally why there is corruption almost at every level and stage of our National lives.”

“A situation where judges compromise is because of inequality, inequality is the mother of all forms of social vices in the country. University lecturers and professors don’t earn up to that so why should legislators earn this much and still complain that the runing cost is not enough?”

“It goes to the root of the matter that most of the problems we are facing as a people in this country is about the inequality,” Mr. Adeyanju said.

Another activist, Lanre Suraj, also condemned the statement by the lawmaker.

“That is the more reason why I say most people who go there do not know why they are there,” Mr Suraj, an anti-corruption crusader, said.

“He should be given a calculator for him to calculate his running cost and the minimum wage of an average citizen Nigeria, then he won’t call it peanuts.

“I’m of the strong opinion that we should not just review the allowances of the legislators, we should also scrutinize those people who go there to represent us,” Mr Suraj said.

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FROM THE BECK OF OJUELEGBA TO MUSIC KING- WIZKID BECOMES FIRST AFRO-POP ARTISTE TO ENTER GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS

Love him or hate, Ayo Balogun aka Wizkid is one of Nigeria’s biggest music talent, and with an ego to match.

The recently turned 29-year-old superstar has given his fans in particular and Nigeria in general something to brag about in the international music scene.Starting off at age 11 and releasing a collaborative album with the Glorious Five, a group he and a couple of his church friends formed, to being signed in 2009, to Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E), there has been an upward forward movement for our favourite starboy.

With 2010 track “Holla at Your Boy” from his debut studio album,Superstar (2011), the singer has slowed down since then.

The ‘Ojuelegbe’ singer has kept tongue wagging and heart beating with his star feature on a track in Beyonce’s Lion King album, “Brown Skin Girl” which was released on Friday.

If there’s one thing you can’t take away from Wizzy, it is his very loyal fan base — Die-hard fans who are ready to defend him against any kind of accusation or troll. Anyone ready to come at Wizkid must have to go through the Wizkid FC, and that is definitely a tough wall to break.

Wizkid’s major Achievements over the years

He is the Nigerian artiste with the most award nominations in Nigeria

Wizkid is the youngest African Artiste to get a Grammy nomination.

Wizkid is the only Nigerian musician to have ever made the number one spot on the iTunes World Chart and went as far as maintaining that top spot for more than one week courtesy of “one dance”

Wizkid remains the first African Pop Star to perform and sell-out Royal Albert Hall In London

He is also the first African Artiste to bag seven Billboard Nominations

Also, the first Nigerian to win three Billboard Music Awards

Wizkid is also the First Nigerian To Win An ASCAP Award

Wizkid is the first Afro-Pop artiste to appear in the Guinness World Records

Wizkid is the first African artiste whose video hit the million mark within the first 24 hours of its release on Youtube

Wizkid is the first Nigerian musician ever to model for fashion giant Dolce & Gabbana.

Looks like the musician has done a lot for himself, his country and continent in the last of his career.

STUPIDITY OR NONSENSE? SEE WHAT THIS MAN DID AFTER NIGERIA LOST TO ALGERIA( PHOTOS)

A Nigerian man destroyed his TV set last night after Nigeria crashed out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Super Eagles were defeated by Algeria’s Desert Foxes 2-1 at the semi-final match which held at the Cairo International stadium yesterday Sunday July 14th.

The Nigerian man who had a N700k bet with is friends before the match, destroyed his TV in anger after the Super Eagles lost a minute before the close of the match.

Twitter user @Cyoung4real007 who shared photos online, wrote:-

”My guy just destroyed his TV because he lost his 700k bet. Watching Super eagles (chicken) is not easy”.

TRAGEDY! UNIBEN STUDENT COMMITS SUICIDE ON CAMPUS

A University of Benin student identified as Ephraim, committed suicide this evening, after jumping down from a building.

Why the student committed suicide is yet to be uncovered, however it was gathered that the 300 Level English student of the University of Benin, Edo State, jumped down from B series at the Faculty of Arts.

See another photo from the scene of the incident below;

AREMO GUCCI SAYS IT WAS OLAMIDE AND BURNA BOY THAT GOT ZLATAN OUT OF EFCC CUSTODY,DAVIDO IS JUST A KEYPAD WARRIOR

Fresh facts are emerging as to who really helped Zlatan and others get out of EFCC custody last night.

While some initial reports claimed it was Davido who got some Senior Advocates to rescue them, Aremo Gucci, a close ally of Zlatan has come out to refute the claims saying its all lies.

According to him, only Olamide and Burna Boy came through for them when they needed help. Another close friend of Zlatan, Ebaycarder confirmed saying Davido was merely a social media keyboard supporter.

See their video and screenshots below…

Davido reacts to Zlatan Ibile’s release from EFCC custody

Singer Davido confirmed and celebrates local rapper, Zlatan Ibile as he regained his freedom, 5 days after being arrested alongside Naira Marley and 3 others over their alleged involvement with cybercrime.While four of them were released, Naira Marley remains in custody, allegedly due to some incriminating items found inside his laptop.Source: https://www.mediahelm.com.ng/2019/05/davido-celebrates-rapper-zlatan-ibile.html

⚠️ Update WhatsApp Right Away

Everyone with WhatsApp on their phone should update to the latest version of the app as soon as possible, the company said on Tuesday.

The WhatsApp vulnerability found is a so-called “zero-click zero-day,” a previously undiscovered vulnerability that can infect a target’s phone with no action from the victim.

The best course of action for users is to make sure auto-update is on for either your iPhone or Android devices.

SAVAGERY!! Chioma mocks Davido And his Atlanta based baby Mama Amanda (Photos)

Chioma appears to have thrown a shade at Davido and his Atlanta based baby mama Amanda.

This was after a picture surfaced showing Davido and Amanda cuddling and laughing excitedly at their daughter Hailey’s birthday party in America.

Shortly after the picture surfaced, it quickly went viral with many social media users amazed to see Davido show Amanda such open affection which they thought Chioma was only entitled to.

This must have touched Chioma in some way that made her share the below picture on Instastories that appear like a mockery of Davido and his Atlanta based baby mama Amanda.

YOU ARE RISKING YOUR LIFE- KEMI OLUNLOYO WARNS DAVIDO FOR THREATENING OYETOLA

Kemi Olunloyo warns Davido, as he has always been in radical support of his Uncle’s political aspirations.

The PDP advocate was also expelled from his National Youth Service Corps 2018 following his campaign against the ruling party in the country (APC).

The singer has since then continued to show immense support for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and further oppose the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Recently, his Uncle, who won the election at Osun State, was arrested. This hardened Davido’s heart and prompted him to say I’ll things about the government.

Meanwhile, his arch enemy (as far as she shows) Kemi Olunloyo, warns Davido about the consequences of his actions, and tells him not to go against the government in any way.

She adds that they will ‘kill him’ if he doesn’t steer clear off their business (Politics).

See what Kemi Olunloyo posted on his Twitter page below:-

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