I never received a salary, I don’t know how much Senators earn – Okorocha
Former governor and senator representing Imo West, Chief Rochas Okorocha, revealed that he had never received a dime of salary from the National Assembly since he became a senator more than two years ago .
That was, even though the philanthropist said he did not draw salaries from Imo State government coffers during his eight years as governor.
Okorocha, while interacting with members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), the CTF Council in Abuja on Monday, also denied knowing how much in particular a senator receives as base salary or allowances each month.
The lawmaker was at the NUJ for a conversation with reporters from Abuja, as part of the activities planned for his 59th birthday, on September 22, 2021.
According to him, the leadership of the National Assembly had its express approval, from the start of his mandate as senator, to devote his monthly salaries and other allowances to charitable works, which, according to him, the leadership had initially. opposite.
“I never received a salary as a senator. Even as governor of Imo State, I haven’t made a dime out of the years I’ve spent. I hate public funds. One thing about public funds is, if you don’t work for it, don’t raise it because it has spiritual implications, ”Okorocha told reporters.
Speaking further on base salaries and senators’ allowances, Okorocha said, “I don’t know how much a senator earns. But I think the base salary is around N2m, but the allowance is around N3m for housing, then transport and other allowances combined to be around N10m or N11m, I’m not sure ”.
Okorocha, who calls for reducing the cost of governance by reducing the number of senators to one for each state and three members of the House of Representatives from each state, however, said the senators’ gain was not so high as their status and the cost of living.
“But to tell the truth, can the N3m for housing allowance pay the rent of a senator? Unless you want them to go and live in Maraba and Nyanya.
“I advocated that we reduce the number of senators and representatives, but they said NO. So if we are to have this number of legislators in Nigeria, then we should also be able to care about their welfare, ”he added.
Okorocha, who spoke on broad issues of governance, unity and development of the country, also stressed that the judiciary needs to be strengthened, to compel citizens and rulers to be patriotic, as this is where the Nigerian state size.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of the Humanitarian Award Icon to Senator Okorocha by the NUJ, as a sign of his contribution to the emancipation of the Nigerian child through his foundation.