NASS salary, not as high as projected – Umeh
By Praise Necherem
Former senator representing the Anambra Central Senatorial zone, Chief Victor Umeh, has faulted claims that the remunerations of members of the National Assembly were high. He said the lawmakers pay were not as high as being projected, adding that the real bogus expenditures could be traced to the upstream and downstream oil sectors.
The former chairman, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) spoke at the funeral ceremony of a 99-year-old Madam Catherine Uduaku Ilo at Akwaeze community in Anaocha local government area of Anambra state.
Reacting to diverse opinions calling for slashing of salaries of national assembly members as part of measures to reduce the high cost of democracy in the country, the ex-lawmaker noted that if the federal government actually wanted to cut costs, they should look into the oil sector.
He argued that so much national resources were being spent through the oil sector and not through the National Assembly, as being speculated. “The leadership of the National Assembly should have published the remunerations of lawmakers for the public to see that, after all, remunerations of lawmakers are not as high as people are projecting it to be. The real bogus expenditures would be traced to the upstream and downstream oil sectors.”
Describing the recent EndSARS protests as a culmination of bad governance in the country, Umeh added that the real corruption and misappropriation of funds abound in the oil sector where nobody was held accountable to all the revenues accruing from it.
He pleaded with the youths to exercise patience with government, stressing that looting, arson, violence and destruction of lives and property were not the best option