Members of the House of Representatives are requesting an upward adjustment of their salaries and allowances in response to the removal of fuel subsidies and the current economic conditions in the country.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, this demand arose during a meeting among the lawmakers on July 11, which took place during an executive session of the plenary to address their concerns.
The lawmakers also inquired about the delay in paying their salaries and allowances, which led some of them to take out loans. However, speaking anonymously, a lawmaker at the meeting dismissed rumors and clarified that their discussion focused on the inadequacy of their current remuneration to meet the demands of their job.
The lawmaker emphasized that no specific monetary figures were mentioned during the meeting, and their request for a review was prompted by the economic challenges resulting from the removal of fuel subsidy, which has caused an increase in the prices of goods and services.
The source stated that the Speaker, Rep. Tajudeen Abass, had yet to make any promises regarding the salary and allowance review, as such adjustments would need to go through the appropriate budgetary processes.
Furthermore, it was noted that the speaker informed his colleagues that their request for a review was not included in the 2023 budget proposal.
The source emphasized that given the prevailing economic situation in the country, the speaker could not make any commitments, stating, “We are all facing the same problem.”
In a separate development aimed at alleviating the impact of the subsidy removal, President Bola Tinubu sent a communication to the House of Representatives on July 12, seeking an amendment to the 2022 Supplementary Appropriation Act. The proposed amendment aims to allocate 500 billion naira to provide palliatives to cushion the effects of the fuel subsidy removal on Nigerians.