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National Assembly is Broke – Senate Leader Ali Ndume

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Senator Ali Ndume

Senator Ali Ndume

Leader of the Senate, Ali Ndume, on Tuesday said the National Assembly was broke and experiencing difficulties in meeting its financial obligations.

Reacting to newspaper reports that the legislature was facing financial challenges, Ndume said that the situation was so worrisome that legislators were not receiving their allowances as and when due.

“I know that the whole country is in financial difficulty, not only National Assembly.

I have been in the National Assembly since 2003 but things keep getting worse; I think they paid us last month’s salary on the 16th of the following month or thereabouts,” Ndume told newsmen in Abuja.

He, however, noted that the situation was not peculiar to the legislature, saying that other arms of government, including states, were facing similar problems.

“It is not only with the National Assembly, some states have not been able to pay salaries for six months, one year.

Some states were even asking their workers to go and farm for two days and work for the other three days in a week.

Even in the Presidency, they have tightened their belts on their expenditure and so, it’s a general phenomenon in the country.

We used to receive running costs or allowances quarterly but now it is monthly and it doesn’t come as and when due,” he said.

On public perception of the national assembly, the senate leader said that Nigerians had a wrong impression of the workings of the legislature.

According to him, the perception that Nigerian lawmakers were the most corrupt was untrue.

“If the national assembly is so corrupt and you can make much money, then tell me one national assembly member that is living in luxury after leaving office.

Some of my colleagues who lost out in the 2015 election are struggling to pay their children’s school fees, some of them are even struggling to take care of their health.

If national assembly was where you come and make a lot of money, how come one year after leaving you cannot meet your basic needs,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

12 Comments

  1. Usuji

    August 23, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Bunch of greedy old men , sucking the blood of this country dry, they had countless opportunities to conserve money , they maintained their frivolous ways of spending , give useless allowances( warddrobe and furniture ) and bonuses. they didn’t save at least even to show sola dirty with the present economic situation of the country . they are the highest paid palementorians in the world Yes, Google it. Yet to do laws that’ll benefit Nigerians they refuse, just a few hundred greedy fools taking us for granted , a slap on our faces as Nigerians for not doing enough to to make sure we stop these people from decking the country to the ground. Enough is enough!!

    • artklub

      August 24, 2016 at 6:31 am

      dont mind them… this is good news. they aint even suffering. its only 1 month late? and other civil servants 7months, 1 year no salary…these guys should be paid minimum wage…

  2. Darius

    August 23, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Why won’t the Senate be broke? When you guys earn obscene amounts of money as salaries and bonuses.

  3. nwa nna

    August 23, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    Fantastic news!!! I hope they owe you guys indefinitely, bunch of rogues

  4. Darius

    August 24, 2016 at 12:13 am

    It might just be a blessing in disguise after all. Now that the Senate is broke, a lot of politicians won’t seek re-election in 2019. Their departure will usher in a new era. They will be superseded by a new crop of selfless, altruistic and visionary politicians. Men and women who care less about big cars or living in mansions, and are resolutely committed to improving the lot of the average Nigerian.

    • Chinua

      August 24, 2016 at 2:23 am

      Sorry to rain on your parade but such Nigerians you describe don’t exist in this generation or next we will have to wait for those born this year ( yet to be indoctrinated into our ‘culture’ ). I fear the young uns are even worse… Leaders are reflection of its citizens

    • artklub

      August 24, 2016 at 6:28 am

      sorry baby thats not true! u will be surprised! good people are going to step up. cant wait!

    • artklub

      August 24, 2016 at 6:28 am

      Hi-5!! I concur.

  5. EC

    August 24, 2016 at 6:20 am

    yes, BROKE because it’s in the pockets of you and your colleagues.

  6. praizeblog

    August 24, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Lol…stupid ppl and do salary n allowance dry intact

  7. praizeblog

    August 24, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Lol….stupid ppl deir salary and d allowance still dey go as normal

  8. Dr. N

    August 24, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Ndo
    Broke kwa?
    Chai

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