June 13, 2024

Senator Abdul Ningi, who represents Bauchi Central senatorial district, has expressed his disapproval of the President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, for publicly announcing senators’ holiday allowance on national television. This incident followed Akpabio’s initial statement during the conclusion of the ministerial nominees’ screening last weekend, where he declared on the Senate floor that recess allowances had been disbursed to the members.

Subsequently, Akpabio retracted his statement, clarifying that he meant to convey that prayers were sent to senators’ email boxes in response to the criticism he faced from fellow lawmakers in the Senate.

The Nigerian public has also criticized the Senate President for his statement, given the prevailing economic hardships faced by the masses. Senator Ningi, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), voiced his perspective on the matter during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today program, characterizing the Senate President’s actions as “extremely embarrassing.”

In his interview, Senator Ningi remarked, “Instances like these should not be broadcasted in the manner he chose. This reflects poorly not only on the Senate President personally but also on the reputation of the National Assembly as an institution. The Senate President should have elaborated further on the nature and purpose of these allowances. How were they determined? Who authorized them? Are they part of the overall compensation?”

Senator Ningi acknowledged that the public’s response to the comment has been negative, and he shares the sentiment, along with many other Nigerians. He expressed his confusion regarding the significance of a N2 million holiday allowance, questioning its purpose and necessity. He stated, “I fail to grasp how this sum would contribute to a meaningful holiday. The purpose of this money is perplexing to me.”

Furthermore, Senator Ningi revealed that while some of his colleagues have already received their N2 million recess allowances, he has yet to receive his share.

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