Senator Ajibola Bashiru (APC-Osun Central) revealed that senators in Nigeria earn less than 1 million naira a month.
Bashiru made the disclosure on Thursday while speaking on the sidelines of a program organized by the chapel of correspondents of the Union of Journalists of the Nigerian Council of Kwara (NUJ).
He said that basically what the honorable senator takes away every month is 700,000 naira, from which a car loan of more than 8 million naira is deducted on a monthly basis.
“What I am saying to anyone who stands up to say that the senator is paid jumbo pay is that he can also challenge so that you can also be paid jumbo pay,” said NAN.
“The truth is that a senator’s net salary is around 700,000 naira a month. Apart from that, the car loan of more than 8 million naira is deducted monthly.
“As a senator, you are entitled to six aids which are paid for by the National Assembly Services Commission and they are paid directly into the account. Will you count this as my salary?
“In addition, I am entitled to a travel allowance and to Eastacode which is not part of the salary,” said Bashiru.
Regarding the cost of governance, the legislator said: “We have about 38 structural systems in the country – the federal government, the federal capital territory and the 36 states of the federation with bureaucracies.
“The cost of MDA personnel in Nigeria is in the billions, if not billions of naira. Let’s analyze the Nigerian budget and see what’s going on in staff.
“We are not focusing on that, but not on the salaries of 109 senators and 360 representatives.”
The legislator added that if the National Assembly were abolished, the country would make marginal savings, if any, on the cost of governance.
“The issue of the cost of governance goes beyond going out and attacking lawmakers as if they were thugs.
“We have to look inside to see how we can streamline our agencies, ministries and departments in an efficient and cost-effective manner,” said Bashiru.