The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) has kicked against the N9 billion set aside for the recently inaugurated lawmakers in both the upper and lower chambers of the federal parliament as allowances.
Investigations have revealed that the jumbo pay will cover the lawmaker’s accommodation, furniture and vehicle allowances.
Reacting to the news on behalf of the Coalition, its Executive Chairman, Mr. Debo Adeniran, described that “It is very appalling and unfortunate that the present administration is starting on a note like this despite the promise of change before they got to power.
It is preposterous that the National Assembly of a country that has a preponderance of its citizens living below poverty line could set aside a whooping N9bn as wardrobe allowance.
Earmarking such an humongous amount for such frivolous purpose is the highest height of insensitivity on the part of the lawmakers to the plight of the country as a whole.
This is a government Nigerians are expecting to cut salaries and emoluments of its officers. This makes one to wonder if this new administration is sincerely ready to live up to its promise of a better Nigeria for all and sundry.
In essence, the action of the lawmakers is not only reprehensible, but retrogressive and must be condemned by every well-meaning Nigerians.”
SOURCE: Universal Reporters.