“…I receive N750, 000 as my salary“
Dr. Ahmed Lawan, Nigeria Senate President has made public his monthly salary. He revealed that there is nothing like jumbo salary for the members of the National Assembly.
Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday while receiving the members of Senators’ Forum who paid him a courtesy visit in his office, Lawan said he received N750, 000 monthly as his salary as a senator but agreed that his office needed to be funded to enable him function as a Senator, Daily Post reports.
In his words:
“What I want to emphasize here is that I never believed that that there is anything called Jumbo pay to the National Assembly.
“The National Assembly members both the Senate and the House receive what is their salaries and I receive N750, 000 as my salary.
“But I need to function as a senator, my office needs to be properly funded,”
“I believe that the national assembly needs proper funding because the legislature is so critical in any national development,’’.
He assured Nigerians that the National Assembly will carry them along.
“I believe that the National Assembly should have everything open, let Nigerians Know, what we are doing.
“I believe that Nigerians need to understand this, we need to continually engage with Nigerians and I will also argue that we continue to explain to Nigerians, they deserve to know how their resources are being utilised.
He further promises that the Senate is aiming at passing the budget within 3 months.
“This senate is determined to ensure for example we pass the budget in three months and we believe this is achievable and doable.
“All we require is for the executive to provide the appropriation bill in good time may be at the end of September or early week of September.
“The national assembly will sit to ensure that there is defence of the budget by the MDAs and before we live for Christmas we will ensure that the budget is passed, so that we go back the January to December budget cycle,’’ NAN quoted him as saying.