Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, has reacted to the ongoing debate over the disclosure of lawmakers’ take home pay by Senator Shehu Sani.
Sani, who represents Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, had revealed amount he and his colleagues receive monthly.
He confirmed that each Senator gets N13.5 million as running cost.
The lawmaker noted that this was in addition to the over N750,000 monthly consolidated salary and allowances of each member of the Senate.
In a series of tweet via her Twitter handle @obyezeks on Monday, Mrs. Ezekwesili said Mr. Sani gave answer to “what Nigerians have been asking for”.
She explained how she was attacked by the National Assembly when she asked for transparency in their financial operations.
She tweeted, “Senator .@ShehuSani has in a rare moment of penance for the financial rascality of our .@nassnigeria done partial disclosure on their good LIFE at the expense of the POOR. He disclosed some of what we – Citizens – have long asked @bukolasaraki & @YakubDogara to do. more remains.
“Five (5) years ago, the 7th .@nassnigeria was so vexed at me when i challenged them that their salaries & allowances was about the highest in the world.
“The then .@NGRSenate and @HouseNGR rose in unison to haul insults & threats.
“I responded then.
“@bukolasaraki @YakubDogara & all lawmakers in @nassnigeria @NGRSenate @HouseNGR should REDEEM this promise that their 7th NASS colleagues NEVER KEPT:
“They accepted my challenge to HOST a Public Hearing on their PAY.