Former Governor and Senator representing Imo Westward, Primary Rochas Okorocha, has disclosed that he had never received a dime as salary from the National Assembly, since fitting a Senator, over 2 years agone.
This was, fifty-fifty as, the Philanthropist said he didn’t draw salaries from the coffers of Imo Province Regime for the 8 years he spent as Governor.
Okorocha, patch interacting with members of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), FCT Council in Abuja on Monday, also denied knowledge of how much in specific, a Senator receives as basic salary or allowances every month.
The lawmaker was at the NUJ for conversation with Abuja Journalists, as division of activities lining upwards for his 59th birthday anniversary, coming upwards on the 22nd September, 2021.
According to him, the Direction of the National Assembly had his limited approbation from the starting time of his tenure as Senator, to channel his monthly salaries and other allowances into charity, which he said was initially objected to, by the Direction.
“I have never received salary as a Senator. Fifty-fifty as a Governor of Imo Province, I didn’t draw a penny for the years I spent. I detest public funds. One thing in relation to public funds is that, whether you don’t work for it, don’t collect it because it has spiritual implications”, Okorocha told the Journalists.
Speaking farther on the basic salaries and allowances of Senators, Okorocha said, “I don’t know how much a Senator earns. But I think the basic salary is around N2m, but allowance is around N3m for housing, so transport and other allowances pose together to be around N10m or N11m, not too certain”.
Okorocha who has been clamouring for the reduction in the cost of governance by reducing the number of Senators to one for each Province and 3 House of Representatives Members from each province, nevertheless nonetheless, said the take home of the Senators was not that much, compared to their status and the cost of living.
“But really speaking, can the N3m for housing allowance pay for the rent of a Senator? Apart from whether you want them to go and live in Maraba and Nyanya.
“I have advocated that we trim back the numbers of Senators and Reps Members, but they said NO. So, whether we must have these numbers of lawmakers in Nigeria, so we should be able to carter for their welfare also”, he added.
Okorocha, who spoke on broad issues of governance, unity and evolution of the country, also pointed that the judiciary must be strengthened, to compel citizens and leaders to be patriotic, as there lies the greatness of the Nigerian province.
Highlight of the case was the presentation of icon of humanitarian honour to Senator Okorocha by the NUJ, as grade of his contributions to the emancipation of the Nigerian tiddler through his foundation.
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