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Thursday, December 16, 2010

NASS JUMBO PAY: Indian Lawmaker must work @ least 49yrs to earn the annual salary of one Nigerian lawmaker

An Indian lawmaker needs to work for at least 49 years to earn the annual salary of a Nigerian senator. A lawmaker in India earns $23,988 (N3.7m) per annum while a Nigerian senator earns $1.2m (N182m) per annum. A monthly breakdown shows that while an Indian lawmaker earns $1,999 (N305, 058) per month, a Nigerian senator earns $ 99,167(N15.18m) per month.

The Indian lawmakers‘ pay is also a far cry from what members of the House of Representatives earn. A federal lawmaker in India will work for at least 34 years to earn the N127m annual salary of a member of the House of Representatives.

In fact, the pay of Indian lawmakers was only increased to the current level in August, after the legislators complained that their earlier monthly pay of $345 (N52, 648) was inadequate.

India and Nigeria are both classified as 3rd world nations and the annoying fact is that the turn out of India is far more than the turn out of Nigeria.