Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, Itse Sagay, has reacted to the disclosure of lawmakers’ take home pay by Senator Shehu Sani.
Sani representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, had revealed that each Senator gets N13.5 million as running cost monthly.
Sagay in agreement with Sani’s revelation, said the lawmaker had vindicated him on his criticism of the lawmakers.
Sagay told Punch: “I’ve always said they earn too much. This figure by Sanni does not include constituency allowances, which is in billions of naira.
“We still have budget padding from which millions are made by them. By the time you put all that together, you can see that these people are collecting a huge chunk of the Nigerian budget.”
Also speaking, Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Jiti Ogunye, said Sani must be commended for his courage.
Ogunye said, “What Senator Shehu Sani said has confirmed the long-held fears of Nigerians that Nigerian legislators, both at the state and national levels, have been short-changing Nigerians.
“They are not expected to use that elevated position to serve their own interest at the expense of public interest. They are not expected to allow their self-consideration to override their commitment to abiding by the law.”