Why Nigerian lawmakers must cut salaries, emolument – Expert

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Eromosele Ebhomele

Nigerian lawmakers, both at the federal and state Houses of Assembly, must do everything to either cut their pay or reduce how they spend government money while performing their official duties, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN, Mr. Maruf Tijani, has said.
Tijani said this on Wednesday as a lecturer during a training session organised by the Lagos State House of Assembly for its staff.
According to the accounting expert who is also the Director of Accounts of the Assembly, the lawmakers must begin to live prudent lives, travel on economy class instead of the usual first and business classes which they travel in on official engagements.
The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is currently doing working on shoring up the revenue base of the country as well as plugging all holes and conduits of looting and other forms of corruption.
Tijani, who said the lawmakers cannot alienate themselves from the current economic downturn of the country, said they would show their seriousness to serve the country and their states if they decide to assist the government of the federation and the various states resolve their revenue challenges.
He noted that since the President and the Vice President of the country, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, have reduced their salaries, no sacrifice should be too much for legislators to make as representatives of the people.
“The legislature should therefore be at the forefront of the campaign for scaling down of overhead cost across board.
Sacrifice for political office holders will help free up resources that could be channelled to infrastructural development to promote economic growth and development,” Tijani stated.
Speaking on the topic: ‘Dwindling Economic Fortunes: Strategy For Sustainable, Efficient and Virile Legislative Assembly’, he also said lawmakers in some Houses of Assembly have now commercialised oversight functions adding that this must …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper