- The issue of federal lawmakers salary was raised again this week
- National Assembly correspondents asked the spokesman of the House of Representatives his view on the issue
- Honourable Benjamin Kalu stated that the scrutiny should start from the executive arm of government
The House of Representatives on Thursday, November 12 said that the calls for reduction of salaries of federal lawmakers and the cost of governance were misdirected.
It argued that since the Executive manages 99.902 per cent of the national budget, the calls should be directed at that arm of government and not the National Assembly which receives a paltry 0.8 per cent, adding that it is too small.
The spokesman for the House, Rep Benjamin Kalu, stated the position of the lawmakers while briefing National Assembly correspondents on their activities for the week.
The Nation quoted him as saying:
“The 0.8% of the national budget for the National Assembly is not enough to run the institution. If you want to cut salaries, expenses, cost of governance, start it from the executive. That’s the truth because the 0.8 per cent you’re talking about takes care of the Senate and House.”
Recall that a member of the House of Representatives, Simon Karu, recently revealed that each member of the House earns N9.3 million monthly.
The lawmaker, who represents Kaltungo/Shongom federal constituency of Gombe state, however, said most of the funds were spent on constituents’ high demands.
According to him, the sum included monthly salaries and the office’s running cost.
Nigeria reportedly has the second-highest-paid federal legislators in the world.
For the entire National Assembly, the annual cost for 109 Senators and 360 House of Representatives comes to around N69 billion a year - enough to pay 191,954 civil servants the minimum wage.
Meanwhile, Honourable Kalu has commended the federal government over the approval for the construction of Umuahia-Bende-Ohafia road in Abia state by the Federal Executive Council.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Thursday, September 24, Kalu expressed appreciation to President Muhammad Buhari and Fashola, stressing that when done, the road would boost the economic fortunes of the people in the area.
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