A member of the Nigerian House of Representatives is said to be paid N9.3 monthly, showing N8.5m as running cost, and N800,000 as salary.
The member representing Kaltungo/Shongom Federal Constituency in Gombe State, Rep Simon Karu stated this during a panel discussion at an event that marked Nigeria’s 6oth Independence Anniversary.
Speaking at “FixingNigeria at 60 – Sustainable and efficient democracy: Issues on accountability and transparency in governance” also had Senator Dino Melaye in attendance, Karu said: “The official salary of a member, house of representatives, which I also receive monthly is N800,000.
“I told you I was going to say it; why don’t you wait for me to say it? The office running cost of a member of the house of representatives is N8.5 million,” Karu said.
“Those of you who know, know that I said exactly what it is. The problem is what the constituents demand, and when you don’t meet [up], they begin to call you names.
“Just before I walked to the stage, I received three emails from my constituents demanding money and jobs. When you don’t, it becomes an issue,” he said.