Simon Karu, a member of the house of representatives from Gombe state, says he and his colleagues receive a sum of about N9.3 million monthly.
The total take-home pay of members of the national assembly has been shrouded in secrecy.
In 2018, Shehu Sani, then senator representing Kaduna central, disclosed that senators get N13.5 million monthly — aside from salaries.
The theme of the event was ‘FixingNigeria at 60 – Sustainable and efficient democracy: Issues on accountability and transparency in governance’.
“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.
“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.”
On his part, Dino Melaye, former senator representing Kogi west, said a lot of the country’s problems would be addressed if corruption becomes a thing of the past.
“If you get the fight against corruption right, every other thing will be fixed,” Melaye said.
“We need a national budget office. Nigeria is the only country without such an office and until we have it, budget padding will not stop,” he said.
Also speaking, Senator Iroegbu, editor-in-chief, Global Sentinel, said solutions must be provided to the security challenges confronting the country.
Iroegbu said the security challenges have continued unabated owing to structural defects in the country’s security architecture.