Senator Ali Ndume has faulted calls for the slashing of National Assembly members’ pay and believes the lawmakers’ emoluments do not have any effect on the economy.
“It has no effect on the economy,” Ndume said on Channels Television’s Hard Copy on Friday evening when asked about the impact of the legislators’ pay on the country’s economy.
The lawmaker who represents Borno South in the Senate explained that members of the National Assembly only got N128 billion allocation in the 2021 budget of N13 trillion.
“For me, call out the National Assembly, cancel the NASS. That means you have N128 billion reduction but does that make any difference? Because this thing (calls for the reduction of National Assembly members’ pay) is getting too much for people like me that have come out to serve; not because I came out to be rich.”
The former House of Representatives member argued that no legislature has ever garnered wealth because he was at the National Assembly.
“No legislature, go and check the record, has come out and become a rich man because he was one time a legislator,” Ndume argued. “Go and check,” he added.