The Senator representing Osun Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Ajibola Bashiru has discredited claims of senators receiving a jumbo pay as their take home pay.
While speaking at a programme organised by the Correspondents Chapel of the Kwara Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Thursday February 27, Senator Bashiru made it known that Senators only earn N700,000 monthly only.
The Osun-born lawmaker further revealed N8 million is also being deducted from their salary every month for a car loan.
He added that a senator is entitled to six aides who are being paid by the national assembly service commission directly into their account.
“What I tell whoever that stands up to say senator collects jumbo pay is that they can also contest so that you can also collect jumbo pay.
“The truth of it is that the take-home pay of a senator is about N700,000 per month. Aside from it is the car loan of over N8 million which is being deducted monthly.
“As a senator, you are entitled to six aides who are paid by the National Assembly Service Commission and they are paid directly into the account. Will you count that as my salary?
“Also, I am entitled to travel allowance and Eastacode which does not form part of the salary.”
Senator Bashiru who affirmed that the country will only make marginal savings if the national assembly is scrapped. He also called for the reorganization of government agencies so they can be more valuable and efficient.