Senate leader, Ali Ndume, on Tuesday, August 23rd has said
the National Assembly is broke and
the situation was so worrisome that
legislators were not receiving their
allowances as and when due.
He told newsmen in Abuja:
“I know that the whole country is in financial difficulty, not only National
Assembly. I have been in the
National Assembly since 2003, but things keep getting worse; I think they paid us last month’s salary on the 16th of the following month
“It is not only with the National Assembly, some states have not been able to pay salaries for six
months, one year.
“Some states were even asking their workers to go and farm for two days and work for the other three days in a week.
“Even in the Presidency, they have tightened their belts on their expenditure and so, it’s a general phenomenon in the country.
“We used to receive running
costs or allowances quarterly but now it is monthly and it doesn’t come as and when due,” he said.
On public perception of the National
Assembly, the Senate leader said
Nigerians had a wrong impression of the workings of the legislature.
According to him, the perception
that Nigerian lawmakers were the most corrupt was untrue.
“If the National Assembly is so corrupt and you can make much money, then tell me one member that is living in luxury after leaving office.
“Some of my colleagues who lost out in the 2015 election are struggling to pay their children’s school fees, some of them are even struggling to take care of their health,” he said.