The recent news that each of 360 House of Representatives members is to get N17.5million as a wardrobe allowance and each of 109 senators is to get N21.5million shocked not only ordinary people but even some politicians.
Senator Dino Melaye, who represents Kogi West senatorial district, has strongly criticized the proposed wardrobe allowance, adding that the country’s lawmakers must be ready to accept a pay cut due to the economic situation in Nigeria.
The senator expressed his opinion on June 16, Tuesday, while speaking during a programme on Africa Independent Television.
“I stand solidly on what I earlier said about pay cut. There must be a pay cut to Senators and House of Representative members.
“You can’t be talking about change and this kind of money in this country now when people are hungry. We must be sacrificious. We must show Nigerians that we must sacrifice by allowing a pay cut,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ben Murray-Bruce, senator-elect representing Bayelsa East, has also added his voice to the discussion. In series of tweets, posted on June 16, the senator noted that he shares responsibility of decisions taken by the 8th Senate.