A comparison of lawmakers’ salaries in 29 nations – Lawmakers in poorer countries in Africa and Asia in particular enjoy the heftiest salaries.
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According to this new report by the economist.com, lawmakers in
poorer countries in Africa and Asia in particular enjoy the heftiest
Kenyan MPs, known for their largesse, were recently stymied in an
attempt to increase their salary from $75,000 to $120,000 a year.
If Nigeria’s national cake were shared equitably, and each of its
nearly 170 million got $1,500 (per capita) as the World Bank says, then
what the lawmakers are taking is 116 times what the “ordinary” Nigerian
receives. On that scale, Kenyan lawmakers take 75 times their citizens’,
and for Ghana, it is 29.8 times.
In Thailand, the governing party’s MPs are paid more than those of the opposition.
Nigerian lawmakers get $189, 500 (about N30 million) in average annually.