Former Governor and Senator representing Imo West, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has revealed that he has shunned away from receiving salary from the National Assembly, since becoming a Senator, over two years ago.
According to him, he chose not to receive salaries from the Imo State Government for his personal reasons. He also called for the reduction of the numbers of Senators and Reps Members in the house of representatives.
He made his submissionwhen he engaged with members of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), FCT Council in Abuja.
In his words: “I have never received salary as a Senator. Even as a Governor of Imo State, I didn’t draw a penny for the years I spent. I hate public funds. One thing about public funds is that, if you don’t work for it, don’t collect it because it has spiritual implications”,
“I don’t know how much a Senator earns. But I think the basic salary is around N2m, but allowance is around N3m for housing, then transportation and other allowances put together to be around N10m or N11m, not too sure”.
“But truly speaking, can the N3m for housing allowance pay for the rent of a Senator? Except if you want them to go and live in Maraba and Nyanya.
“I have advocated that we reduce the numbers of Senators and Reps Members, but they said NO. So, if we must have these numbers of lawmakers in Nigeria, then we should be able to carter for their welfare also”, he added.