Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili has challenged members of the National Assembly to a debate on the functions of the legislators vis-à-vis debate on the need to slash the jumbo pay of Senators and House of Representatives Members.
She wishes the lawmakers to fix a date for the debate as according to her, it has been long overdue
Recall that the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan faulted the argument of those clamoring for the scrapping of the Senate because of the perceived jumbo pay being earned by the senators.
While calling on citizens to appear before it and debate the case for a reduction of lawmakers salaries, Lawan noted that the annual budget of the National Assembly is less than one per cent of the nation’s 2021 budget.
He said in part; “…I am not here to defend the National assembly but to encourage the debate on what the National Assembly means to us as a country and as a people…”
Reacting, the BBOG Co-convener wrote;
“Did I read that the @NGRSenate President @DrAhmadLawan challenged citizens to a Public Debate on the salaries of the members of @nassnigeria ?
“Please set the date, Mr President of the Senate.
“It was 7 years ago, I asked for a debate on this matter.
“I forgive your delay.
She added that a similar case for a debate had been raised by her in 2013 but lawmakers refused her request.
“This link (sic) is for the benefit of the @NGRSenate President @DrAhmadLawan, who by the way was in the @nassnigeria,seven years ago when the Lawmakers refused my request for a Public Debate on their outrageous salaries that was already bleeding the treasury,” Ezekwesili wrote.
Please set the date, Mr President of the Senate.
It was 7 years ago, I asked for a debate on this matter.
I forgive your delay.
— Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) November 21, 2020