Mr. Femi Falana, Senior Advocate of Nigeria on Thursday said that the public perception that members of the National Assembly were overpaid would not change if they had made public their full salaries and allowances.
The SAN spoke at a ceremony organized by the House of Representatives in Abuja to mark the second anniversary of the 7th Assembly (2011-2013). Falana, who spoke on the topic, ‘Public Perception of the 7th House of Representatives’ expressed surprise that an appeal was entered against a Federal High Court decision that on the strength of the Freedom of Information Act 201, it was appropriate for lawmakers to disclose their pay package.
Falana, who advised that the appeal should be withdrawn, added that pursuing the case further would create the impression that there might be something to hide. According to him, Nigerians had taken a cue from the declaration by Prof. Itse Sagay that their lawmakers were the highest paid in the world, a reason they pestered them with demands daily.
He however said, “Disclose your salaries and allowances so that the secrecy surrounding it will become a thing of the past. This is the reason you are constantly harassed in your constituencies each time you visit them. It is called jumbo pay in the media.”