A member of the House of Representatives, Chief Joe Edionwele, said on Monday, that there are many ways by which government can save cost other than cutting down on earnings of federal legislators.
Edionwele, a PDP member representing Esan West, Esan Central and Igueben federal constituency of Edo State, said some lecturers, bankers and oil workers were earning more than federal lawmakers.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja, the lawmakers said, proponents of the crusade for pay cut for legislators are ignorant.
“I think people are speaking out of ignorance. Even before now, I was one of those who believed the same thing. The records will be made public. Nigerians need to know. The salaries we earn are not in any way close to what people speculate. People in the oil and gas sectors, banking and even lecturers earn more than us and the President” he said.
“The problem of this country is corruption. When people talk about pay cut, I laugh. How much are we going to get back from the pay cut? The corruption in this country is endemic. Look at the corruption in the oil sector; if we are able to sanitise that sector for instance, our problem will reduce. If we can know what we generate from different agencies, then we can have enough money to finance projects. Look at the governors and their security votes. Their votes are over bloated. Look at the number of cars governors use.
“You heard when Buhari rejected 253 DSS operatives. What are you doing with that number? There are so many things to cut down on. I am also glad that Mr. President said in spite of what the law says, he is going to be concerned about what happens at the local government level. “ ‘The security vote of a council chairman for instance is N2m. What is a local government chairman doing with such money? Then a governor gets over N200m. Why should somebody then talk about a salary that is less than N1m?
“Mr. President, for instance, just got an approval for 15 special advisers. What are they advising? We really do not need all that. Mr. President has about three bullet-proofs Mercedes Benz. Does he really need them? We must downsize in every sector. For instance, we should do away with the entertainment allowance. State Houses of Assembly enjoy it,” he stated.
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