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General News of Friday, 17 June 2022


Reps member causes controversy as he displays salary alert on national television

Leke Abejide and his cheque Leke Abejide and his cheque

It was a moment of drama as the lawmaker representing Yagba East/West/Mopamuro constituency at the House of Representatives Leke Abejide has set tongues wagging after he shared a screenshot of his monthly salary on a Channels Television live program.

Abejide earns about N697,911 monthly as a House of Representatives member.

The pay package of public office holders, particularly the salaries and allowances of the National Assembly members, has been an issue of concern among Nigerians.

He however did not provide evidence for allowances and constituency projects.

The lawmaker said most of the funds were spent on constituents’ high demands.

Abejide maintained that being a lawmaker was not lucrative as his constituents expect him to provide for their special needs too.

According to him: “The allowances you talk about – I have staff, then people in the constituency are also there waiting for me. In a month, I don’t think I have up to N1.5 million. And I have family to take care of.

“So if you are coming to this system and you are someone who has been working on your own and doing business, you will not like to continue. Because the demand that is coming from your constituency in a month is in the range of N30 to N40 million.

“Someone whose children wants to go to school, to hospital, somebody who wants to do marriage, it is only you they will be focusing on. They can’t get the Governor; you are the closest person to them. And if you don’t do for them, then you have not done anything. So that’s the danger in this assembly.

“If you are not a man of means and you come to this seat, in one year people will be stoning you.

“The only difference is constituency project. Mine is N113 million a year. And out of it, government will take 18.5 percent.”