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Nigeria’s Legislators Will Get $43 Million of Taxpayers’ Money for a Wardrobe Allowance

Yomi Kazeem | Quartz   in  ·
June 16, 2015

Nigeria’s newly inaugurated National Assembly is set to receive a whopping 8.64 billion naira ($43 million) to spend on clothes.

Described as a wardrobe allowance, the amount will be split between both chambers of the National Assembly with the 109 members of the Senate receiving 21.5 million naira ($108,000) each while the 360 members of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, will each receive 17.5 million naira ($87,000).
Aside from a wardrobe allowance, the National Assembly will also receive other furniture and car loan allowances. The furniture allowance will see 107 senators receive N650 million ($3.2 million) while 358 House of Representatives members will receive total of N2 billion ($10 million). The lawmakers can also access car loans with senators possibly provided with N867 million ($4.3 million) and House of Representatives members provided with N2.8 billion (14 million) in car loans. While ordinary members of both chambers get these allowances, two principal officers from each chamber, the Senate President, the Speaker of the House and their deputies will have furniture provided by the Federal Government.

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