The Senator representing Osun Central at the National Assembly, Dr Ajibola Bashiru, has said that the monthly earning of a senator in Nigeria is N700,000 which less less than N1 million as against jumbo pay erroneously alleged by the public.
Bashiru stated this on Thursday while speaking at the sideline of the “News Keg” programme, a personality interview programme organised by the Correspondents Chapel of the Kwara council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
According to him, basically what a senator take home monthly is N700,000 out of which car loan of over N8 million is being deducted on monthly basis.
The lawmaker said: “What I tell whoever that stands up to say senator collects jumbo pay is that since they have qualifications, they can also come to contest so that you can also collect jumbo pay.
“That is being sarcastic anyway, but the truth of it is that the take home pay of a senator is about N700,000 per month. Aside, from it is the car loan of over N8 million which is being deducted monthly. The truth is that as a senator, you are entitled six aides who are paid by the National Assembly Service Commission and they are paid directly into the account. Will you count that as my salary?
“Also I am entitled to travel allowance and Eastacode which does not form part of the salary.”
The senator, who expressed concern about cost of governance in the country, however, said that it should be at the expense of genuine representation.
“Senators and House of Representatives members are elected by the people. Of course, some elites will say they are rogues, but we have subjected ourselves to democratic process to be elected by the people.
“The cost of governance that journalists need to look into is to restructure the country to regional system. We have about 38 structure systems in the country – the Federal Government, Federal Capital Territory and the 36 states of the federation with bureaucracies.
“The personnel cost of MDAs in Nigeria runs into billions if not trillion of naira. Let’s analyse Nigeria budget and see what goes into personnel. We are not focusing on this, but focusing on salaries of 109 senators and 360 representatives.”
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