Nigerian Senators React to Slashing of Their Salaries and Allowances

Nigerian senators have shown mixed reactions following the announcement that their salaries and allowances are to undergo review.

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According to Senator Kabir Marafa, who represents Zamfara Central, on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC the claim that legislators in the country were receiving high remunerations was untrue.

“I think there is general ignorance as to how much a Nigerian senator earns. I would want Nigerians to know exactly how much we earn; then they can come up with criticisms on basis of facts,” he said. When asked how much a Senator earns he still referred the reporter to find out from the banks.

Senator Dino Melaye, APC, from Kogi State, insisted that legislators must begin to sacrifice their comfort and allow a pay cut, saying that money realised from the exercise would be used for developmental projects and proper oversight roles.

Senator Ben Bruce, who represents Bayelsa-East Senatorial Zone, on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said that he would support any reduction in the pay of members of the National Assembly, noting that he was elected into the Senate to render service and not to waste tax-payers’ money.

Source: The Vanguard