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What people are saying about Nigeria’s APC, PDP … “law-makers” N9 billion self-awarded “wardrobe allowance” – Tola Adenle

June 20, 2015

Nigeria

“People are speaking out of ignorance for demanding that the Nigerian legislators should cut their earnings … in the oil and banking sectors people are earning more money (earning millions Naira) than them the Nigerian legislators.

PDPer, Joe Edionwele, Esan Central Constituency, dismissing Nigerians’ feeling of shock and outrage at assembly members voting billions of Naira as “wardrobe allowance.”

It is shocking and infuriating beyond words that the current legislators — so-called progressives and those who don’t claim to be — can be as conscienceless, Godless, insensitive, greedy, provocative, insincere as to even imagine receiving such humongous sums of money. If they truly mean to work for the good of the nation and welfare of all, they will not only not receive all those ridiculous allowances but will slash their salaries to 10%. Their assignment is not full time. They opted to serve us after all.

I am too incensed to say more.
But I warn them not to insult our intelligence nor try to take us for a ride.
SOWUNMI

“… if Senator Edionwele wants to earn millions of Naira he should get out of the National Assembly and go and work for a private corporation … CEOs or Chairmen of private corporations in most of the countries the world make more money than legislators …even in the United States of America, the richest country in the world, member of the House of the Representatives and Senate make far less money than CEOs or Chairmen of corporations..
Professor L. Abegunrin, USA

“I stand solidly on what I earlier said about pay cut. There must be a pay cut to Senators and House of Representative members. You can’t be talking about change and this kind of money in this country now when people are hungry. We must be sacrificious. We must show Nigerians that we must sacrifice by allowing a pay cut.”
Senator Dino Melaye, Kogi-West.

$50 million Plus change for Clothes?  The change we claim must begin with each of us

Imagine, $50+ million to buy clothes for a few hundred people when there are millions of workers all over Nigeria who are being owed barely-living wages going back several months, and some, a year!

I wonder how these so-called lawmakers, especially those “progressives” about whom I cried out hoarse years ago wondering aloud in my weekly essays how [ then] AD could stand by why PDPers impoverish the country. I even went to the ridiculous length – or depth – of asking thAt they take newspaper ads to let the public know their contributions to the debate on jettisoning the allocated incomes for the ruinous one they adopted. In Nigeria where the public is battle-weary and resigned to the idea of politicians as overlords, well over 200 readers sent SMSes to say ‘no’ to billions of nair as on SNACKS which those same leeches voted for themselves.

The same Senator Melaye who was forced into Nigeria’s political Siberia – but lived to resurrect – was the only lawmaker from whose office I heard.

With Pat Utomi’s writing his recent crossing-the-Rubicon “… The people may have no choice but to rise up …” Those are strong words from Dr. Utomi. Ditto our own Tao’s cryptic response to there being no hope …”: “but there is hope”, Tao wrote. “These criminals are laying the tracks for violent change.”

I think these pols think once they mouth “change”, their “progressivism” cannot be doubted or challenged but as in the words of that Christian Hymn about “peace”:
Let there be peace on earth/ and let it begin with me …

Whatever religion we proclaim, those words are easy to understand. Every Nigerian needs attitudinal change: voters, elected, selected appointees, et cetera. It’s only then biz as usuL can end.

Now, all the governors want aid to pay outstanding salaries and if I’m one of those being owed, I Would support the governors’ begging.

Guys, THERE IS NO FREE LUNCH! ANYWHERE except, perhaps in the mansions of Nigeria’s pols because any freebies that Buhari grants the governors have to come out of somewhere else which means our governors would deprive other areas to pay the bloated recurrent expenditures they all carry.

Even during Shagari’s supposedly profligacy, ministers did not have PROs, Advisers, et cetera. Now, each state has dozens of commissioners, Special Advisers – who earn about what commissioners earn, Special Assistants, et cetera. Yet, delivery of services to the public – the main aim of governments, is poorer than during Shagari’s era.

My opinion? Before PDPers muscle in to steal whatever is left of APC’s position, the state the party controls should start immediately setting examples of good, responsive and responsible governance. Most of those advisers and assistants that I’ve heard about and even a few that I personally know are sourcing their own salaries, so to say and I’m not talking of APC states, alone. How do they survive? One, they HOPE BETTER THINGS will come and meanwhile, live on pickings from you-know-what!

A ministry should not need two people on same perks: a commissioner and a special adviser; so one need to go, either or! Almost all the assistants can let go without any appreciable loss of quality of service to the states.

Above is important now so that if the Nigeria Governors’Forum gets its way and its members are bailed out, they do not go on another spending excesses on recurrent expenditure.

Of course, even capital projects need to fit the old “cut your coat according to your fabrics/material”, not according to your size.

In “Governors discover another mine”, for The Comet on Sunday re, capital markets, in2003, I gave the unsolicited and, uncalled-for advice as far as Nigeria’s rulers are concerned THAT:

Governor Niyi Adebayo of Ekiti should NOT go that route because he was near the end of a term AND his state, unlike Lagos, would not be able to repay. I also referred to Adebayo’s usual motorcade which I suggested cost more than his internally-generated revenues. Adebayo and other governors who took loans, bonds or whatever, I suggested, must be made by a provision in our laws to settle such before leaving office.

These things have progressively gotten worse because most Nigerian states also owe tons of money beyond the salaries we read of or know affected people about, daily. I bet those loans – external and internal ?- are at the root of the present crises.

Regards to all.
TOLA, emotanafricana.com

What was the purpose of the vote for change? Now “Nigeria government will spend 43million in Wardrobe allowance in taxpayers’ money for Nigeria’s legislators.” This is outrageous and most stupid and wasteful of Nigerian peoples’ money. How can these wasteful and mindless legislators explain this while 18 states cannot pay six months salaries for teachers. we should know that Teachers are the builders of Nations.

Teachers are the mentors who are training the future generation who will develop the nation. These teachers and Civil Servants from the 18 states have wives and children to feed, and they have not been paid their salaries, while Nigerian legislator are being paid $43 million wardrobe allowance. What is going on in Nigeria? Some people are not thinking right. More than 70 percent of the Nigerian population can not get one dollar a day to eat. Sooner or later the day of reckoning will come.

This week Monday a member of the Nigerian House of representatives, Chief Joe Edionwele, a member of PDP from Esan Central constituency of Edo State, telling Nigerians that “he thinks people are speaking out of ignorance for demanding that the Nigerian legislators should cut their earnings.” Joe Edionwele has kicked against campaign to cut legislators’ earnings by complaining that in the oil and banking sectors people are earning more money (earning millions Naira) than them the Nigerian legislators. Let Mr. Joe Edionwele know that if he wants to earn millions of Naira he should get out of the National Assembly and go and work for a private corporation. Mr. Joe Edionwele should know that CEOS or Chairmen of private corporations in most of the countries all over the world make more money than legislators around the world. Mr. Edionwele should also know that even in the United States of America, the richest country in the world, member of the House of the Representatives and Senate make far less money than CEO or Chairman of corporation.

Mr. Edionwele must know that members of the National Assembly are public servants and he should know that he is the servant of the people that elected him into the House of the Representatives. He must be ready to serve them and was not elected into the National Assembly to become a millionaire or billionaire. National Assembly is no body’s Private Estate established to make money, is not a money making machine, but to serve the Nigerian People.

Mr. Joe Edionwele and like minded Members in the Nigerian National Assembly should be prepared to resign and look for private corporations or start their own businesses to work for where they can make millions of dollars. They should know that they are not fit to serve Nigerian People and they do no not belong tot the National Assembly.

The Peoples’ patience will one day be worn thin. Now, it is the people who must now take back their country anyway they see fit from those mindless, greed and selfish leaders. Now is the time for Peoples’ Power Movement in Nigeria. What are we saying now, when countries like Singapore, Malaysia that achieved independent the same year-1960 that Nigeria became independent have escaped Third World Status, and become one of developed and knowledge-driven, and high income societies in the world today. A Assembly of corrupt, greed and shameless people can not develop a nation.

LAYI ABEGUNRIN

SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2015.  2:15 p.m. [GMT]

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