- Ireti Kingibe, the lone senator representing the FCT, has said she has not received any alert regarding the purported sent allowance for lawmakers' holiday
- The Labour Party senator said this while reacting to the comment by Godswill Akpabio, the Senate President, that lawmakers have been sent enjoyment allowance as they prepare to go on annual recess
- Akpabio made the comment on Wednesday during plenary but withdrew his words and described it as a prayer
FCT, Abuja - The Labour Party senator and senator representing Abuja, Ireti Kingibe, has commented on the "enjoyment allowance" for senators' holidays reportedly sent to the lawmakers as they embark on their annual recess, raising some speculation over the hidden allowance.
Godswill Akpabio, the Senate President, during a plenary session on Wednesday, August 10, said enjoyment allowance had been sent to the lawmakers.
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However, he withdrew the statement and said "prayers" had been forwarded to them.
His statement reads:
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"In order to enable all of us to enjoy our holidays, a token has been sent to our various accounts by the Clerk of the National Assembly.”
Labour Party senator reacts to enjoyment allowance for lawmakers
Kingibe, the only lawmaker from the FCT in the Senate, while appearing on Channels Television's Politics Today on Wednesday evening, said she had not received the allowance supposedly sent to lawmakers.
“No, actually, I didn’t receive any prayers, but I’ll check my email for the prayers.”
The Labour Party lawmaker humorously added that she did not understand what Akpabio was discussing.
"Enjoyment allowance is statutory," Ireti Kingibe says
She acknowledged that most people assumed the lawmakers had been paid the allowances but explained that the payment could be:
“...statutory things that we would have been paid anyway.”
On Wednesday, Nigerians condemned the Senate President's comment, even though he tried to rephrase his statement and withdrew the earlier one.
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Legit.ng reported that Senate President Godswill Akpabio has landed in fresh trouble over his holiday allowance comment for Senators.
An accountability organisation, SERAP, in a statement on Thursday, announced that it would be filing a suit against the Senate President over the comment.
Akpabio, during a plenary on Wednesday, disclosed that the senators had been sent a token for the enjoyment of their holiday; he withdrew his statement and described it as a prayer.