Growing Concerns Emerge Over Excessive Personnel Appointments: Akpabio, Abbas, and Lawmakers’ Expanding Entourage Raises Eyebrows

Barring any last-minute change, members of the National Assembly, NASS, may end up having more than 2, 563 legislative aides at a time Nigerians are demanding a reduction in the cost of governance to survive the current economic crisis.

With the size of its membership, including aides, NASS is one of the institutions that consume a large portion of the national budget yearly.

The bloated number of aides comes with a high cost of public sector expenditure and impacts negatively on the development of the country.

Specifically, the Senate is made up of 109 members while the House of Representatives has 360.
Since 1999, the outrageous number of appointees by the 469 members of NASS has been an issue of concern, especially given what it costs taxpayers to maintain them.

At a time like this when the nation battles dwindling oil prices, 22.41 percent inflation, decreased Foreign Direct Investment, FDI, acute unemployment rate and high debt portfolio among others, many expect a lean bureaucracy at the NASS.


But findings by Arabella Star Magazine show that members of the 10th NASS are not departing from the culture of appointing numerous legislative aides who are to be funded under the 2023 Appropriation Act.

Notwithstanding, the pressure it places on the country’s poor finances, the National Assembly Act empowers lawmakers to appoint aides.

Sunday Vanguard learnt the aides are recruited by the National Assembly Service Commission on the recommendation of each lawmaker.

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