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Chairman of the Presidential Action Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC) Prof. Itse Sagay has urged the Senate to prove him wrong by publishing what the lawmakers collect as salaries and wages.

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Chairman of the Presidential Action Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC) Prof. Itse Sagay has urged the Senate to prove him wrong by publishing what the lawmakers collect as salaries and wages.

Speaking in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES yesterday, Sagay said he was unperturbed by the statement from the Senate calling him “loose cannon”, who should be “put in his right place” by Buhari.

Asked how he arrived at his figures, he said: “It is not a figure that I arrived at; it’s a figure that was printed (for me) and published on the internet with very convincing details.”

He added: “If the Senate says what I say is false, they should publish what is right. If these figures are being doubted, write to the Senate President asking him to deny or confirm them.”

He was asked what particular issue he had against the Senate in the context of the accusation by the lawmakers’ spokesperson that he employed every opportunity to address the public to disparage the Senate.

He replied: “Firstly, the minimum wage in Nigeria is N18,000 and the Senate is a group of people who actually vote their own minimum wage for themselves. The President does not determine his wage but the Senate takes a chunk of our budget and gives itself.”

“Secondly, their allowances: their basic salary in a year is N2,484,000. Then they collect hardship allowance which is 50 per cent of basic salary. Is there hardship in being a senator?  They stay in air-conditioned offices with beautiful cushions and live a luxurious life and yet collect hardship allowance. Then, there’s constituency allowance, 200 per cent of basic salary; furniture allowance, 300 per cent of basic salary; newspaper allowance, 50 per cent of basic salary. So, our senators cannot afford to buy their own newspapers, Nigeria has to buy newspapers for them? Wardrobe allowance, 25 per cent of basic salary. So, they arrived in Abuja stack naked, meaning we have to clothe them.

“Recess allowance, 10 per cent of basic salary; Accommodation allowance, 200 per cent of basic salary; utilities, we don’t even know what that means, 30 per cent of basic salary.

“Domestic Staff, 75 per cent of basic salary; entertainment, 30 per cent of basic salary; personal assistant, 25 per cent of basic allowance; vehicle maintenance allowance, 75 per cent of basic allowance; leave allowance, 10 per cent of basic salary; severance gratuity, 300 per cent of basic salary; motor vehicle allowance, 400 per cent of basic salary.”

“Ninety per cent of Nigerian youth are jobless, involved in kidnapping, armed robbery and so on. Boko Haram came because the people are jobless and a few people are earning over N3 billion a year. One can’t be neutral, should Nigerians be deprived of all these by small elite who think of themselves alone and do not care about the country.”

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