Will you believe that the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Nigeria, Mr Yakubu Dogara, earns less than 500,000 Naira per month?

Shocking, but that is what the payslip says.

The release of his pay slip on Tuesday appears the Speaker is not making a U-turn with his demand that the governor of Kaduna State, Mr Nasir El-Rufai, and other governors should disclose their security votes and publish what they did with local government funds under their jurisdiction.

Mr Dogara, few days after he made that request, has gone ahead to release his payslips from October, 2016 to March, 2017 to reporters.

The Chairman of the Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazak Namdas, told reporters that the move was in furtherance of his commitment to transparency and accountability in governance.

From the payslip, the Speaker’s darns;

                      Total pay per month = 402,5303.37 Naira.
                      After deduction = 346,577.87 Naira.
                      Basic salary is 206, 425.83 Naira
                      Constituency, 175, 461.96 Naira
                      Recess 20, 642.58 Naira.

The breakdown is coming after Governor El-Rufai released details of his salary and challenged the national assembly to do same.

Namdas, however, said that El-Rufai did not publish his security votes as required but the security budget of the state.

"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.

Critics have at different times asked political office holders to cut down their salaries as a way of making political offices less attractive.

They believe cutting down the allowances and other pay will also reduce monetisation of elections.