A new revelation concerning the monthly salary of lawmakers especially of the House of Representatives has surfaced.
This is coming after a long silence and secrecy over the actual salary of Nigeria lawmakers, especially at the federal level, leaving members of the public to live on speculations on what the take home of their representatives is.
Recall that in 2018, Senator Shehu Sani, who represented Kaduna central, disclosed that senators get N13.5 million monthly, outside their salaries.
However, a current member of the House of Representatives from Gombe state, Hon Simon Karu, has revealed that rep members receive the sum of about N9.3 million monthly.
The lawmaker who represents Kaltungo/Shongom Federal Constituency of Gombe state disclosed this on Tuesday, in Abuja, at an event organized to mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence Day.
According to Hon Karu, lawmakers often complained that most of the money go t9 their constituents who persistently ask for one assistance or the other.
Karu stated that, though the actual salary of a lawmaker in the lower legislative chamber is N800,000, they receive N8.5 million as “running cost”.
“The official salary of a member, house of representatives, which I also receive monthly is N800,000. I told you I was going to say it; why don’t you wait for me to say it? The office running cost of a member of the house of representatives is N8.5 million,” Karu said.
“Those of you who know, know that I said exactly what it is. The problem is what the constituents demand, and when you don’t meet [up], they begin to call you names.”
“Just before I walked to the stage I received three emails from my constituents demanding money and jobs. When you don’t, it becomes an issue,” he lamented.
The event was themed ‘FixingNigeria at 60 – Sustainable and efficient democracy: Issues on accountability and transparency in governance.