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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

he National Assembly Background Notes for #OurNASS Protest to the National Assembly

“If our people lose the courage to
confront what is wrong then we become
collaborators.”
- Jerry Rawlings

“It does not require a majority to
Prevail, but rather an irate, tireless
minority keen to set brush fires in
people’s minds.”
- Samuel Adams

Objective:
Raise awareness about the disconnect between legislators and Nigerians and freedom of information requests to mark the International Right to Know Day (September 28).

469 men & women represent 170 million
Nigerians.

Date: Thursday, September 26
Venue: National Assembly, Abuja

Similar protests to state assemblies in Lagos, Ilorin and Benin. More might be added.

Demands:
Peaceful march to the National Assembly with five demands, which are:

1. 1. Immediate disaggregation of the National Assembly’s 2013 allocation of N150 billion.

Most Nigerians believe the entirety of the allocation goes to salaries for 469 people. Various members of NASS have publicly stated that this is false though some have also anonymously stated that they are overpaid.

SENATOR/HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE MEMBER
Estimated salary per year: N400 million/N300 million
Estimated salary per month: N33.3 million/N25 million
Salary per month from RMAFC*: N1.42 million/N1.25 million
*Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and
Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) 2009 Report*

The Economist magazine recently released a study showing that Nigerian parliamentarians are the highest paid in the world relative to GDP.

In a country where 71.5% of the population live under the poverty line (N300), their allowances are obscene.

HARDSHIP
Constituency
Furniture
Newspaper
Wardrobe
Recess
Leave
Severance
Gratuity
Accommodation
Utilities
Domestic Staff
Entertainment
Personal Assistant
Motor Vehicle
Vehicle
Maintenance
Duty Tour

The last disaggregated budget was in 2010 and it included some atrocious expenses. A summary is below;

Security Vote for Senate: N1.259 billion
Refreshments & Meals: N1.156 billion
Senate Admin: N2.289 billion
Programmed Activities: N9 billion
Total Goods & Non - Personal Services – General: N31.742 billion

1. 2. An account of income and expenditure of the over N1 trillion the National Assembly has been allocated since 2005.
There is a subsisting court judgement on this issue and our representatives in the National Assembly owe it those they represent to give an account of their use of our common wealth.

1. 3. Make available functional email addresses, phone numbers and constituency office addresses for all members of the National Assembly.
Nigerian citizens should be able to reach
their representatives.

1. 4. ALL voting records on ALL the constitutional amendments made public.
Aside from the voting record on Section 29 4(b), none of the other records have been made public. For all Nigerians who are engaged in this review process, we deserve to know if our representatives voted in line with our wishes.

1. 5. Attendance list for each plenary made public.

Pictures and videos from both chambers show considerable truancy. Nigerian citizens would like to know when their representatives attend plenaries.

Furthermore, ASUU is on strike to enforce an agreement. The Federal Government is looking for N87 billion. Based on available data, CJET under the Citizens’ Wealth Platform estimates that the National Assembly can operate with N25 billion per year . So, for the 2014 Budget, the Federal Government will have an extra N125 billion, from which they can honor their agreement with ASUU!

We have every intention to be orderly and peaceful as we ask #OurNASS.

Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE Nigeria), Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth & Advancement (YIAGA), Reclaim Naija (Community Life Project), Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund, Say No Campaign Freedom of Information Coalition,
Beacons, SleevesUp, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Centre for Policy Advocacy and Leadership Development, Youth Alliance on Constitution & Electoral Reform, United Action for Democracy, National Youth
Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Original
Inhabitants Descendants Association of
Abuja (OIDA).
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