My take home salary is N750,000 – Lawan
PRESIDENT of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, yesterday picked holes on insinuations that Senators and members of House of Representatives are paid jumbo salaries, saying that it was far from the truth.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja when the National Executives of Senators’ Forum led by its Chairman, Senator Khairat Gwadebe paid him courtesy visit in his office ,
Speaking On early submission of the budget, the President of the Senate said: “We don’t have any doubt. We know the challenges. We will work hard to solve the challenges. We will pass the budget in three months. All we require is for the Executive to submit the budget on time, at least September or first October. “If that happens and we get it, we will pass the budget before Christmas. We need to return to the January to December budget circle.” Speaking further, Lawan who reiterated that the 9th Senate will take the issue of loversight function very seriously to ensure that heads of government agencies carry out their statutory functions effectively, said, “This kind of interaction is very important. It gives us the opportunity to share experiences. There are things that are challenging to us that we can share with you. “The ninth Senate is a bipartisan Senate. What that means is that, we will remain focused and work for Nigerians. What we have done is to be patriotic. Nigeria is our constituency. “The challenges before Nigeria are very massive. We need to work for the economy and ensure that things work for everyone. “We don’t need to fight anyone. We will follow the path of peace. Any minister or head of an agency must function. At the end of the day, Nigerians should benefit from this.” Earlier, Chairperson of the Forum, Senator Khairat Gwadebe who explained that members of the Forum will always support and partner the National Assembly in any capacity for the progress of the country, sustenance of democracy and the institution, said: “You need to use your 20 years experience as a lawmaker to make a difference. Our main objective as a body is to work in strengthening the polity. We are very confident that your leadership will be good for Nigerians.” Gwadebe who that the Forum was structured to promote good governance aimed at making the country stronger, told the President of the Senate that as former senators with institutional memory , they will always be there , to support him in leading the 9th Senate and by extension, National Assembly aright.