In response to a challenge by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, the Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday in Abuja released details of his salary payslip that shows he earns about N402,500 monthly.
While releasing the pay slips of October, 2016 to March, 2017 to newsmen, the House of Representatives spokesperson, Abdulrazak Namdas, said that the move was in furtherance of his commitment to transparency and accountability in governance.
Mr. El-Rufai had challenged the Speaker to make the details of the National Assembly’s N115 billion budget public.
This came after the Kaduna State Governor had released details of his salary and challenged the national assembly to do same.
Although Mr. Dogara earlier promised to do so in 2017, he only released his personal salary details on Monday.
From the payslip, the Speaker’s total pay per month is N402, 5303.37 but his net salary after deduction is N346,577.87.
The statement showed that Dogara’s basic salary is N206, 425.83, constituency, N175, 461.96 and recess N20, 642.58.
Namdas, however, said that El-Rufai did not publish his security votes as requited but the security budget of the state.
The Speaker had specifically urged El-Rufai and governors to disclose their security votes and also publish what they did with local government funds under their jurisdiction.
“The call by the Speaker was for El-Rufai to extend his advocacy on transparency and accountability to other arms and tiers of government in order to remove the lid of secrecy that has beclouded expenditures at state level.
“We note that what Mallam El-Rufai published was the security budget of Kaduna state and not his security vote expenditure as such,’’ Namdas said.