Nigerian senators are overpaid - Itse Sagay

Nigerian senators are overpaid - Itse Sagay

- Professor Itse Sagay has accused the Nigerian Senate of being overpaid

- Sagay said the clothing allowance of Senate is unnecessary, while accusing the Senate of wrecking the economy with their spending

- He said it is wicked for those who are so highly privileged and the wealthiest people in the country to still be draining the blood of the poor masses dry

The chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay, has once again accused Nigerian senators of getting overpaid. learnt that Sagay, during an interview with The Nation, said the senators are wrecking the country's economy with their unnecessary allowances.

He condemned the clothing allowances being paid to the senators and queried the importance of such frivolous spending.

He said: "There’s one more thing I need to stress. If you look at the allowances, Nigerians need to ask themselves questions. Should we be the ones clothing senators? Should my tax be used in hanging Agbada on a senator?

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"The press has not taken it up, but this is serious. How many times have government provided clothes for you, and yet you’re clothed? But these men who are overpaid, who are absorbing the largest share of our resources are still asking us to clothe them, as if they arrived in Abuja naked. It’s not acceptable. These same people are collecting huge sums, claiming that they’re suffering hardship by doing their job.

"If you go to the Senate chambers, you will see the luxurious furnishing, fully air-conditioned; you’ll see staff running around, attending to every little thing they need, serving them, hand and foot that is hardship. What about the man who is earning N18,000 a month, who’s carrying machinery, working in a factory, cutting grass on the road, cleaning the roads, sweating with hard labour. Nobody is paying them hardship allowance. But the people are paid hardship allowance for living in tremendous luxury.

"They’re claiming utility allowance. In other words, if we don’t give them money, they don’t have cutlery, tablecloth, plates and saucepans. We have to provide those for them. The list goes on. It is criminal. It is unconscionable. It is wicked for people who are so highly privileged, who are the wealthiest people in the country to still be draining our blood dry by collecting these things which they don’t need and depriving others of them."

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that Sagay accused the 8th Senate of promoting corruption.

He said that the National Assembly has constituted itself into an opposition to the anti-corruption struggle.

He accused the National Assembly of mounting a war against the anti-corruption struggle. It has decided to obstruct it at every stage.

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