We’ve Cut Senators, Reps Jumbo Pay From N150bn To N120bn – Saraki
Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki yesterday said that Senators and House of Reps members have begun to respond to public outcry over their jumbo pay by agreeing to cut down their pay from N150 billion to N120 billion.
Saraki along with others stated this after a two-hour closed-door meeting with former president Olusegun Obasanjo on the crisis between the ruling All Progressives Congress and the NASS.
At the end of the meeting at about 11:11am local time, Saraki who addressed journalists assured that the current crisis between the APC and the National Assembly over the leadership of the legislature would soon be resolved.
According to him “I think as you can see, things are moving smoothly definitely, you should be rest assured that all that would would be put behind us shortly, we are very confident about that.” The senate president added that he and his team had come to visit the former president and tap from his “wealth of experience.”
“We are here with colleagues to see the former President, as one of our fathers and former President, to pay our homage visit to him and get his advice, get his blessing and also to consult. We all know President Obasanjo’s value to this country and we are here to tap from that wisdom and that knowledge and experience,” he added.
On their decision to review lawmakers’ salaries downward, the Senate President said, “I think that is already in progress, if you remember the last time it was about N150 billion and it is coming down to N120 billion. The situation in the country deserves every public servant, we all must make sacrifices and whatever sacrifice that is necessary, we would do it and that is being done at any given time.
“Be rest assured that definitely we are sensitive, we are aware of the situation in the country and if we are going to lead, we must lead by example and we will do that.” Saraki who arrived at Obasanjo’s Hilltop Presidential Mansion at about 9:11am in company some senators and chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, went straight into the closed-door meeting with the former president.
Saraki rode into Obasanjo’s house in a black Toyota Landcruiser V8 jeep bearing the seal of the President of the Senate with Senator Andy Uba seating beside him. The senate president’s car was ahead of a convoy of other vehicles carrying Senators Ahmed Sani Yerima, Danjuma Goje and Tayo Alasoadura.
Others on the entourage of the senate president who also attended the meeting with Obasanjo were the former factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Kawu Baraje and the sacked national secretary of the PDP, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.