The protest tagged #OurNASS protest has taken place in several cities around Nigeria today.
Background To Today's #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
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.
Peaceful march to the National Assembly with five demands, which are:
- Immediate disaggregation of the National Assembly’s 2013 allocation of N150 billion.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE MEMBER
Estimated salary per year
Estimated salary per month
Salary per month from RMAFC*
*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.
- Severance Gratuity
- Domestic Staff
- Personal Assistant
- Motor Vehicle
- Vehicle Maintenance
- Duty Tour
The last disaggregated budget was in 2010 and it included some atrocious expenses. A summary table is below.
Refreshments & Meals
Total Goods & Non-Personal Services – General
- An account of income and expenditure of the over N1 trillion the National Assembly has been allocated since 2005.
- Make available functional email addresses, phone numbers and constituency office addresses for all members of the National Assembly.
- ALL voting records on ALL the constitutional amendments made public.
- Attendance list for each plenary made public.
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).