A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Honourable Ikenga Ugochinyere, has alleged that the leadership of 10th National Assembly may not reduce the budget going to the NASS inline with President Bola Tinubu intention to cut the heavy cost in governance.
He stated that members’ salary is not the issue but the bodies that are attached to the NASS.
The PDP chieftain noted that there are many institutions under the National Assembly with budgetry provision in the appropriation .
Ugochinyere argued that the House of Reps members may not want to take a pay cut even if it is suggested.
”I have not started earning anything, neither do I know how much they are paid or will be paid. But the key thing in this conversation is that the NASS budget is over 150 billion naira and the House of Reps members will not take a pay cut. It is important that we understand and take into consideration the agencies that are under these payments.
The National Institutes for Legislative and Democratic Studies, and different institutions under the NASS that share in the budget. It is not the issue of members salary. There is a management commission at the National Assembly level that enjoy from these budgetary provisions.” He said.