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Senators, Reps hide in Abuja, abandon constituency offices

Senators, Reps hide in Abuja, abandon constituency offices

All is not well with senators and members of the House of Representatives. The lawmakers who embarked on their annual leave last month, have refused to visit their constituency offices in their various states.

Ripples Nigeria reliably gathered that the refusal of the lawmakers to travel to their respective constituencies, is as a result of the delay in the payment of their salaries and allowances.

A lawmaker from Edo and a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who spoke to our correspondent in confidence, said he has been in Abuja since the National Assembly went on break.

He added that his family members are also here and may likely not travel to the village during the period. Asked whether he intends to visit before the expiration of the annual leave, he said it will depend on availability of funds.

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“I cannot go home. What will I spend? In July, I was at home and I hosted my people. I spent almost N10 million on that event. If I go home now, nobody will understand that I do not have money. It is better to stay put here,” he said.

He declined further comments on claims that some lawmakers had approached the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, to help them facilitate small loans to meet their immediate family demands.

The lawmaker, who neither denied, nor gave credence to the claim, said, no arm of the government is insulated from the biting economic hardship.

He claimed that some ministers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, cannot meet their basic family demands as well, adding that only those who head ‘juicy’ Ministries were insulated from the hardship.

Meanwhile, Ripples Nigeria has also learnt that some lawmakers from both chambers of the National Assembly, especially first timers, have started withdrawing their children from foreign universities.

Also, some whose children are in expensive private universities in Nigeria, have withdrawn them. The new move is occasioned by the blocking of multiple streams of incomes, through which lawmakers, hitherto made money.

Findings showed that senators now earn N12 million per month. This includes salaries and allowances as well as other benefits. The other allowances were paid quarterly in the past, until lawmakers protested that it be paid every month.

For members of the House of Representatives, they now earn N10.5 million per month. Except for lawmakers who head juicy committees or principal officers, servicing their ostentatious lifestyles is now almost impossible.

Reprieve may however come their way soon, when they start their annual oversight functions, as no matter how small, Ministries, Departments and Agencies, will provide honorarium for them.

By Ehisuan Odia…

 

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  • JOHNSON PETER

    The national Assembly chunks of Nigeria budget is more than half of the total budget for the whole Nigerians. This is why Biafra must come to pass, enough of reckless spending on reckless people

  • Anita Kingsley

    All will never be well with senators and members of the House of Representatives, silly people. So they decided not to ‘work’ because of the delay in payment of their salaries and allowances, not that the salaries and allowances will not be paid. Now they can have a feel of what the masses are going through.

  • Animashaun Ayodeji

    They’ve failed to save for this rainy day as they never saw it coming, all of them should withdraw their kids from foreign schools for Nigerian institutions, there are better schools like U.I, OAU, UniIlorin, Unilag and more here that they can afford at cheaper rate but better quality education. They should all come home

  • Abeni Adebisi

    This is wickedness, everyone in this country knows how hardworking the 8th senate and reps are, the FG should not be owing them money at all, they’ve labored too hard for this country.

  • yanju omotodun

    There are iotas of lies in this news, no senator withdraw his or her children from private or abroad institutions. In fact, there is no economic hardship for them except we want to be fooled, the reps got car worth of #17m each and yet they want to misguid us

  • seyi jelili

    A pity, many civil servants in their whole lifetime might not earn up to #20m all in all and yet these idiots earn like #120+m a year and other corrupt ways of enriching themselves. God will judge