Senate President Ahmad Lawan has said contrary to insinuation, no member of the National Assembly receives jumbo pay.
The Senate President also asked the Presidency to submit the country’s annual appropriation bill in September or first week of October to enable the National Assembly pass the budget within three months.
Lawan, who spoke when he hosted executive members of the Senators’ Forum in his office, noted that talks about senators and members of the House of Representatives receiving jumbo pay is not true.
The senator said his monthly take home pay is N750,000. He added that funds are also provided to run his office.
He said: “We owe Nigerians everything. The National Assembly is going to be open to the public. Let Nigerians know what we are doing, but one thing I want to emphasise here is that I don’t believe in anything called jumbo pay to the National Assembly.
“Members, both in the Senate and House of Representatives, receive what is their salary. I receive N750,000 as my salary, but I need to function as a senator. My office needs to be properly funded. Therefore I cannot conduct my oversight without some funding.
“So I believe that Nigerians need to understand this. We need to continue to explain to Nigerians, and I will also urge you to explain to Nigerians because they need to be kept abreast with happenings in the National Assembly.
“They deserve to know how their resources are being utilized, and this is what we will continue to do. I believe that the National Assembly needs proper funding because the legislature is so critical to any development. When an institution wants to legislate on almost everything under the sun, they should have the best and Nigerians should have the best outcome…”