â€œI know that the whole country is in financial difficulty, not only National Assembly. I have been in the National Assembly since 2003, but things keep getting worse; I think they paid us last monthâ€™s salary on the 16th of the following month or thereabouts,â€œIt is not only with the National Assembly, some states have not been able to pay salaries for six months, one year.
â€œSome states were even asking their workers to go and farm for two days and work for the other three days in a week.
â€œEven in the Presidency, they have tightened their belts on their expenditure and so, itâ€™s a general phenomenon in the country.
â€œWe used to receive running costs or allowances quarterly but now it is monthly and it doesnâ€™t come as and when due,â€ he said.
On public perception of the National Assembly, the Senate leader
said Nigerians had a wrong impression of the workings of the
According to him, the perception that Nigerian lawmakers were the most corrupt was untrue.
â€œIf the National Assembly is so corrupt and you can make much money, then tell me one member that is living in luxury after leaving office.
â€œSome of my colleagues who lost out in the 2015 election are struggling to pay their childrenâ€™s school fees, some of them are even struggling to take care of their health,â€ he said.